Kallichore (moon)

Kallichore /kəˈlɪkɒr/, also known as Jupiter XLIV, is a natural satellite of Jupiter. It was discovered by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard, et al. in 2003. It received the temporary designation S/2003 J 11.[4][5]

Discovered byScott S. Sheppard
Discovery date2003
Jupiter XLIV
Named after
Καλλιχόρη Kallichorē
S/2003 J 11
AdjectivesKallichorean /ˌkælɪkəˈrən/[2]
Orbital characteristics[3]
24043000 km
−764.7 days
Satellite ofJupiter
GroupCarme group
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
2 km

Kallichore is about 2 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 23,112,000 km in 717.806 days, at an inclination of 165° to the ecliptic (164° to Jupiter's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.2042.

It was named in March 2005 after the nymph Kallichore.[6]

Kallichore belongs to the Carme group, made up of irregular retrograde moons orbiting Jupiter at a distance ranging between 23 and 24 Gm and at an inclination of about 165°.


  1. ^ cf. 'Callichorum' in Noah Webster (1884) A Practical Dictionary of the English Language
  2. ^ As 'Callichorean' in William Robertson (1895) "A Hymn of the Earth" (Victor Hugo), in A Century of French Verse, p. 42
  3. ^ S.S. Sheppard (2019), Moons of Jupiter, Carnegie Science, on line
  4. ^ IAUC 8089: Satellites of Jupiter 2003 March 7 (discovery)
  5. ^ MPEC 2003-E29: S/2003 J 9, 2003 J 10, 2003 J 11, 2003 J 12; S/2003 J 1, 2003 J 6 2003 April 3 (discovery and ephemeris)
  6. ^ IAUC 8502: Satellites of Jupiter 2005 March 30 (naming the moon)