Aoede (moon)

Aoede /ˈd/, also known as Jupiter XLI, 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. It received the temporary designation S/2003 J 7.[4][5]

Discovered byScott S. Sheppard et al.
Discovery date2003
Jupiter XLI
Named after
Ἀοιδή Aoidē
S/2003 J 7
AdjectivesAoedean /ˌəˈdən/[3]
Orbital characteristics
23981000 km
−761.5 days
Satellite ofJupiter
GroupPasiphae group
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
4 km

Aoede is about 4 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 23,044,000 km in 714.657 days, at an inclination of 160° to the ecliptic (162° to Jupiter's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.4311.

It was named in March 2005 after Aœde, one of the three original Muses. Aœde was the Muse of song, and was a daughter of Zeus (Jupiter) by Mnemosyne.[6]

Aoede belongs to the Pasiphae group, 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°.


  1. ^ Aœde in Noah Webster (1884) A Practical Dictionary of the English Language
  2. ^ "Aoede". Unabridged (Online). n.d.
  3. ^ J.W. Tufts (ca. 1887) The Aoedean Collection
  4. ^ IAUC 8087: Satellites of Jupiter 2003 March 4 (Discovery)
  5. ^ MPEC 2003-E11: S/2003 J 1, 2003 J 2, 2003 J 3, 2003 J 4, 2003 J 5, 2003 J 6, 2003 J 7 2003 March 4 (Discovery and ephemeris)
  6. ^ IAUC 8502: Satellites of Jupiter 2005 March 30 (Naming the moon)