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Pasiphae
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Discovery
Discovered by P. J. Melotte
Discovery date January 27, 1908
Orbital characteristics
Periapsis 16,980,250 km
Apoapsis 31,209,300 km
Mean orbit radius
24,094,770 km
Eccentricity 0.2953
764.082032 d (2.092 a)
2.242 km/s
Inclination 145.24° (to the ecliptic)
143.04° (to Jupiter's equator)
Satellite of Jupiter
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
20 km
18 km
~11,300 km²
Volume ~113,000 km³
Mass 3.0×1017 kg
Mean density
2.6 g/cm³ (assumed)
~0.022 m/s2 (0.002 g)
~0.036 km/s
Albedo 0.04 (assumed)
0.10
Temperature ~124 K

Pasiphaë is one of Jupiter's moons. It was found in 1908 by Philibert Jacques Melotte and was named after Pasiphaë from Greek mythology, the wife of Minos and mother of Minotaur.

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