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Megaclite
Megaclite
Name of satellite Megaclite
Planet of origin Jupiter
Discovered by David C. Jewett
Yanga R. Fernandez
Eugene A. Magnier
Scott S. Sheppard
Date of discovery November 25, 2000
Location of discovery Mauna Kea Observatory
Surface color Dark gray
Mass 2.1 x 10^14 kg
Apogee 54.1 million miles
33.8 million km
Perigee 22.1 million miles
13.8 million km
Apoapsis 54.1 million miles
33.8 million km
Alternate name(s) Jupiter XIX
Named geographical features None

Megaclite, also known as Jupiter XIX, is a retrograde irregular satellite belonging to the outer planet of Jupiter. This satellite was discovered by David C. Jewett, Yanga R. Fernandez, Eugene A. Magnier, and Scott. S. Sheppard on November 25, 2000 at the Mauna Kea Observatory located in Hawaii. It is a part of the Pasiphae group, a group of retrograde irregular satellites with Pasiphae being the largest of the group. This satellite takes about 760 Earth days to complete one orbit.

FormationEdit

Megaclite is believed to have been formed by the remaining debris from collisions with various satellites of Jupiter, especially that of Pasiphae. After a collision with this satellite, the remaining debris created the Pasiphae group, also creating this satellite in the process.

SurfaceEdit

Megaclite's surface color is grey, similar to that of Pasiphae, which supports the theory that Pasiphae retains 99% of the matter belonging to the Pasiphae group. Megaclite does not have any visible craters or collision-related geographical features. Very few valleys are visible on this satellite due to their not being many of them. Mountainous land can be seen on the surface though.

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