Kallichore (moon)

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Kallichore (/kəˈlɪkɵr/ kə-LIK-o-ree; Greek: Καλλιχόρη), also known as Jupiter XLIV, is a natural satellite of Jupiter. It was discovered by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard, et al. in 2003. It received the temporary designation S/2003 J 11.[1][2]

Kallichore is about 2 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 23,112 Mm in 717.806 days, at an inclination of 165° to the ecliptic (164° to Jupiter's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.2042.

It was named in March 2005 after the nymph Kallichore.[3]

Kallichore belongs to the Carme group, made up of irregular retrograde moons orbiting Jupiter at a distance ranging between 23 and 24 Gm and at an inclination of about 165°.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAUC 8089: Satellites of Jupiter 2003 March 7 (discovery)
  2. ^ MPEC 2003-E29: S/2003 J 9, 2003 J 10, 2003 J 11, 2003 J 12; S/2003 J 1, 2003 J 6 2003 April 3 (discovery and ephemeris)
  3. ^ IAUC 8502: Satellites of Jupiter 2005 March 30 (naming the moon)