Bianca (moon) facts for kids

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Discovered by Bradford A. Smith / Voyager 2
Discovery date January 23, 1986
Avgdistance from the center of its orbital path 59,165.550 ± 0.045 km
How long it takes to complete an orbit 0.434578986 ± 0.000000022 d
Angle above the reference plane
0.19308 ± 0.054° (to Uranus' equator)
What it orbits Uranus
Size and other qualities
Measurements 64 × 46 × 46 km
Average radius 27 ± 2 km
Surface area ~8300 km²
Volume ~71,000 km³
Mass ~9.2×1016 kg
Average density ~1.3 g/cm³ (assumed)
Surface gravity ~0.0086 m/s2
Escape velocity ~0.022 km/s
Rotation period synchronous
Angle at which it turns
(in relation to its orbit)
How much light it reflects 0.08 ± 0.01
Avg. surface temp. ~64 K
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Bianca orbiting Uranus

Bianca is a closer moon to Uranus. It was found from the images taken by Voyager 2 on 1986-01-23, and was given the designation S/1986 U 9. It was named after the sister of Katherine in Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew. It is also designated Uranus VIII.

Bianca belongs to Portia Group of moons, which also includes Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Cupid, Belinda and Perdita. These moons have similar orbits and photometric properties. Other than its orbit, radius of 27 km and geometric albedo of 0.08 almost nothing is known about it.

At the Voyager 2 images Bianca appears as a stretched object, the major axis pointing towards Uranus. The ratio of axises of the Bianca's prolate spheroid is 0.7 ± 0.2. Its surface is grey in color.

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