Cordelia (moon)

moon of Uranus

Cordelia it the closest moon to Uranus. It was found from the images taken by Voyager 2 on January 20, 1986, and was given the designation S/1986 U 7. It was not seen again until the Hubble Space Telescope observed it in 1997. Cordelia takes its name from the youngest daughter of Lear in William Shakespeare's King Lear. It is also designated Uranus VI. This moon is 148 kilometres (92 mi) wide and is the same size of Mars' smallest moon called Deimos.

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Cordelia (lower-middle, inside of bright ring), as imaged by Voyager 2
Discovered byRichard J. Terrile / Voyager 2
Discovery dateJanuary 20, 1986
Orbital characteristics
Mean orbit radius
49751.722 ± 0.149 km
Eccentricity0.00026 ± 0.000096
0.33503384 ± 0.00000058 d
Inclination0.08479 ± 0.031° (to Uranus' equator)
Satellite ofUranus
Physical characteristics
Dimensions50 × 36 × 36 km
Mean radius
21 ± 3 km
~5500 km²
Volume~38,900 km³
Mass~5.0×1016 kg
Mean density
~1.3 g/cm³ assumed
~0.0073 m/s²
~0.017 km/s
Albedo0.08 ± 0.01
Temperature~64 K

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