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Pandia (moon)

Discovered byScott S. Sheppard
Discovery date2017
Jupiter LXV
Named after
Πανδία Pandīa
S/2017 J 4
Orbital characteristics[2]
11525000 km
+252.1 days
Satellite ofJupiter
GroupHimalia group
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
3 km

Pandia /pænˈdə/, also known as Jupiter LXV, originally known as S/2017 J 4, is an outer natural satellite of Jupiter, 3 km in diameter.


Pandia was discovered by Scott S. Sheppard and his team in 2017, but not announced until July 17, 2018 via a Minor Planet Electronic Circular from the Minor Planet Center.[3]


The moon was named in 2019 after Pandia (Πανδία Pandīa), the Greek goddess of the full moon, daughter of Zeus and Selene.[4] Pandia was among the most popular suggestions in a naming contest held by the Carnegie Institute on Twitter, with the most significant submission coming from the astronomy club of the Lanivet School in Cornwall, United Kingdom. They chose Pandia because their school's mascot is a panda and their local village used to supply bamboo for a panda at London Zoo.[5][6][7]

It belongs to the prograde outer Himalia group which are given names ending in a.


It orbits at a semi-major axis of about 11,525,000 km with an inclination of about 28.15°.[8]


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  2. ^ S.S. Sheppard (2019), Moons of Jupiter, Carnegie Science, on line
  3. ^ "MPEC 2018-O12 : S/2017 J 4". Minor Planet Center. International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
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  5. ^ "Naming Contest for Newly-discovered Moons of Jupiter". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Public Contest Successfully Finds Names For Jupiter's New Moons". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. ^ Science, Elizabeth Howell 2019-08-27T14:00:00Z. "Meet Pandia, Eirene and More! 5 Jupiter Moons Get New Names".
  8. ^ Sheppard, Scott S. "Jupiter's Moons". Retrieved 18 July 2018.