Kore (moon)

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Kore (/ˈkɔər/ KOHR-ee; Greek: Κόρη), also known as Jupiter XLIX, is a natural satellite of Jupiter. It was discovered by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard in 2003 and given the provisional designation S/2003 J 14.[1][2]

Kore is about 2 kilometers in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 23,239 Mm in 723.720 days, at an inclination of 141° to the ecliptic (139° to Jupiter's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.2462.

It belongs to the Pasiphaë group, which is made up of irregular retrograde moons orbiting Jupiter at distances ranging between 22.8 and 24.1 Gm, and with inclinations ranging between 144.5° and 158.3°.

It was named after Kore, another name for the Greek goddess Persephone (from the Greek κόρη, "daughter [of Demeter]").[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAUC 8116: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn 2003 April (discovery)
  2. ^ MPEC 2003-G10: S/2003 J 14 2003 April (discovery and ephemeris)
  3. ^ IAUC 8826: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn 2007 April (naming the moon)