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Kale, Moon of Jupiter

Kale is a Moon that orbits round the planet Jupiter. Its orbit circumference, the total distance it travels round its planetary parent is 144,056,039.82 km. The furthest it gets from its orbital parent (apoasis) is 29,176,434 km. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 14,986,684,330,972 kg. Its density has been calculated at being 2.6 g/cm3. Its volume is 4 km3.

Kale was discovered on 9 December 2001 by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt and Jan T. Kleyna.

The orbital period, i.e. the period it takes to complete an orbit round Jupiter is 729.61 days. The figure is also known as the sidereel period. The figure comes from N.A.S.A..

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 23,302,000 km, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The equatorial circumference of Kale is 6.3 km. The mean radius, that is the average radius of Kale is 1.0 (assuming an albedo of 0.04) km. The surface area of Kale is 12.57 km2. The surface gravity of the said item is 0.001 m/s2. The average orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 8,227.4 km/h.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Kale orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 165.072 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.2521, it is the degree at which Kale orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Kale is a retrograde satellite moon of Jupiter. Retrograde refers to the fact that the moon is orbiting in the opposite direction to the way Jupiter is rotating. Retrograde moons can be identified easily by the fact that it ends with an e as opposed to those which end with an "a" where the moons follow the same direction. There does not seem to be a photo available of the moon.

The moon is small, it is only about 2 kilometers across, not a place that would be big enough for people to colonize, maybe a small outpost but nothing spectacular. Kale is also the name of a cabbage but the two are unrelated.

Kale Mythological Legend

Kale is name after a daughter of Zeus, also refered to as a Grace. Kale was beautiful, therefore living up to her name which meant beautiful. Kale would cross paths with Aphrodite, another Grecian God who didn't like the fact that Kale was seen by some to be more beautiful than she (Aphrodite) was. Aphrodite would turn those who disagreed with her into less fortunate souls. NASA

Carme Moon Group

Carme is the largest of the group of Jovian moons referred to as the Carme group. They have all been grouped together because it is believed they all shared the same common source. In addition to the supposed common source, all the members of the group are non-spherical and retrograde, that is they all orbit the planet Jupiter in the opposite direction that Jupiter rotates. As they are all retrograde in the group, they all end with the letter "e" as dictated by the International Astronomical Union, the international body that defines the names. Although some names have not yet been agreed upon. Kiddle

List of Members in Carme Group

Kale Facts

Orbital Circumference144,056,039.82 km
Furthest from parent (Apoasis)29,176,434 km
Mass14,986,684,330,972 kg
Density2.6 g/cm3
Volume4 km3
Orbital DirectionRetrograde, opposite to the parents direction
Date of Discovery9 December 2001
DiscovererScott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt and Jan T. Kleyna
Orbital Period729.61
Semi-Major Axis23,302,000 km
Equatorial Circumference6.3 km
Mean Radius1.0 (assuming an albedo of 0.04) km
Surface Area12.57 km2
Surface Gravity0.001 m/s2
Average Orbit Velocity8,227.4 km/h
Orbital Inclination165.072
Orbital Eccentricity0.2521

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