Encyclopedia Entry #8 – Aitne

Aitne is a small moon of Jupiter’s that was discovered in 2001.  It’s also known as Jupiter XXXI.

Data

  • Dimensions: 3 km in diameter
  • Mass: unknown
  • Density: unknown
  • Surface gravity: unknown
  • Albedo: unknown
  • Temperature: unknown
  • Mean orbital radius: 22,285,000 km
  • Orbital period: 679.641 d (retrograde)
  • Inclination: 164°
  • Eccentricity: 0.393

Name Origin

Aitne is the diving personification of Mount Etna on Sicily.  Her sons are the Palici, the twin Sicilian gods of geysers.  Their father is Jupiter.

5 Interesting Facts

1. Aitne is a member of the Carme Group, which are small retrograde orbiting moons of about the same distance and inclination.

2. It was discovered by a group of astronomers from the University of Hawaii.

3. It had a temporary designation S/2001 J 11.

4. Scott S. Sheppard was the lead astronomer that discovered Aitne.

5. So little is known, there is no 5th interesting fact. No picture, either.