|Discovered by||Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Yanga R. Fernández, and Eugene A. Magnier|
Mean orbit radius
|12.1 million km|
Dia (//), also known as Jupiter LIII, is the second-outermost known prograde irregular satellite of Jupiter. Provisionally known as S/2000 J 11, it received its name on 7 March 2015. It is named after Dia, daughter of Deioneus (or Eioneus), wife of Ixion. According to Homer, she was seduced by Zeus in stallion form; Pirithous was the issue.
Dia is believed to be about 4 kilometres in diameter. It orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 12 million km in 274 days, at an inclination of 28° (to Jupiter's equator), and with an eccentricity of 0.21.
Initial observations were not followed up, and Dia was not observed for more than a decade after 2000. This apparent disappearance led some astronomers to consider the moon lost. One theory was that it had crashed into Himalia, creating a faint ring around Jupiter. However, it was finally recovered in observations made in 2010 and 2011.
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- CBET (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram) 4075: 20150307: SATELLITES OF JUPITER, 7 March 2015
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- IAUC 7555: Satellites of Jupiter 2001 January 5 (discovery)
- MPEC 2001-A29: S/2000 J 7, S/2000 J 8, S/2000 J 9, S/2000 J 10, S/2000 J 11 2001 January 15 (discovery and ephemeris)
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