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Puck, Moon of Uranus

Puck is a Moon that orbits round the planet Uranus. Its orbit circumference, the total distance it travels round its planetary parent is 540,353.94 km. The furthest it gets from its orbital parent (apoasis) is 86,009 km. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 2,893,928,744,310,680,000 kg. Its density has been calculated at being 1.3 g/cm3. Its volume is 2,226,095 km3. It was discovered in the year 1986 by S. Synnott, Voyager 2. Its orbital period, i.e. the period it takes to complete an orbit round Uranus is 0.762 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 86,000 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 2,893,928,744,310,680,000 kg. The equatorial circumference of Puck is 508.9 km. The mean radius of Puck is 81.0 km. The surface area of Puck is 82,447.96 km2. The surface gravity of the said item is 0.029 m/s2. The average orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 29,546.9 km/h.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Puck orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 0.319 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.0001, it is the degree at which Puck orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Puck is a small moon that orbits Uranus. It was only discovered when Voyager 2 space probe visited the planet in 1986. All that we know of the moon has come from that encounter. Puck orbits just outside the rings of Uranus and before the first of the Uranus's major moons, Miranda. It was the only newly discovered moons of Uranus to be discovered in enough time to be examined. The pictures of Puck are not very clear or detailed.

Puck Mythological Legend

Like so many other moons of Uranus, there is no ancient legend behind the naming of this moon. Like most of the other moons of Uranus, this was named after a character from the William Shakespeare play, "A Midsummers Night Dream". Puck is a sprite, a servant of Oberon, the King of the Fairies. It was apt because both the moon and the character are both small. Uranus moons are unique, that are not named after ancient dieties.

Image of the Uranus moon of Puck


Image of the Uranus moon of Puck

Puck Facts


TypeMoon
Orbital Circumference540,353.94 km
Furthest from parent (Apoasis)86,009 km
Mass2,893,928,744,310,680,000 kg
Density1.3 g/cm3
Volume2,226,095 km3
Year of Discovery1986
DiscovererS. Synnott, Voyager 2
Orbital Period0.762
Semi-Major Axis86,000 km
Mass2,893,928,744,310,680,000 kg
Equatorial Circumference508.9 km
Mean Radius81.0 km
Surface Area82,447.96 km2
Surface Gravity0.029 m/s2
Average Orbit Velocity29,546.9 km/h
Orbital Inclination0.319
Orbital Eccentricity0.0001


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