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

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 mass of the object is calculated at being 14,986,684,330,972 kg. The equatorial circumference of Kale is 6.3 km. The mean 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.

It is one of a group of Jupiter moons known as the Carne group. All the moons in the Carne group are thought to have the same origins and therefore are all grouped together. The largest of the group is Carne. The group is believed to have been an asteroid which came too close to the planet causing its destruction.

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

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
Date of Discovery9 December 2001
DiscovererScott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt and Jan T. Kleyna
Semi-Major Axis23,302,000 km
Mass14,986,684,330,972 kg
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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