Astronomy Quick Facts – Aoede

Aoede is a very small moon of Jupiter’s, and is a member of the Pasiphae group. It’s also known as Jupiter XLI. It was discovered by a team of astronomers led by Scott S. Sheppard at the University of Hawaii in 2003. Very little is known about it.

Data

  • Mean radius: 2 km
  • Mass: Unknown
  • Density: Unknown
  • Surface gravity: Unknown
  • Albedo: Unknown
  • Temperature: Unknown
  • Mean orbital radius: 23,980,000 km (semi-major axis)
  • Orbital period: 761.5 d (retrograde)
  • Inclination: 162° to Saturn’s equator
  • Eccentricity: 0.4311

Name Origin

Aoede is one of the original three muses. Her father is Zeus and mother is Mnemosyne.  She was the muse of voice and song. Her sisters are Melete and Mneme.

5 Interesting Facts

1. Aoede is a member of the Pasiphae group, which orbits retrograde and at a highly inclined and eccentric orbit. Probably a captured asteroid.

2. Its original temporary designation was S/2003 J 7.

3. It’s pronounced ay-ee-dee.

4. Sheppard has been involved in the discovery of 75 moons. Okay, so this isn’t about Aoede.

5. Really, there’s very little known about Aoede. I can’t do five interesting facts.

With such a highly inclined and eccentric orbit, and such a small size, it’s unlikely we’ll see any kind of exploration of this moon any time soon.

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