Discovery images of Sponde by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in December 2001
|Discovered by||Scott S. Sheppard et al.|
|Discovery site||Mauna Kea Obs.|
|Discovery date||9 December 2001|
|S/2001 J 5|
|Orbital characteristics |
Sponde //, also known as Jupiter XXXVI, is a natural satellite of Jupiter. It was discovered by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard in 2001, and given the temporary designation S/2001 J 5.
Sponde is about 2 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 24,253,000 km in 771.604 days, at an inclination of 154° to the ecliptic (156° to Jupiter's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.443.
It was named in August 2003 after one of the Horae (Hours), which presided over the seventh hour (libations poured after lunch). The Hours, goddesses of the time of day but also of the seasons, were daughters of Zeus (Jupiter) and Themis.