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Pasiphae
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Photo of the satellite Pasiphae of the planet Jupiter
Pasiphae   Jupiter VIII

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Mean distance from the planet Jupiter 23.620.000 km
Orbital period around the planet Jupiter (sideric) (reciprocal) - 743,6 d
Mean orbital velocity (reciprocal) - 2,33 km/s
Orbital inclination 151,4 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the planet Jupiter 0,409
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Discovered by Philibert Jacques Melotte 1908
Mass 1,91 × 1017 kg
Equatorial radius 18 km
Mean density 2,9 g/cm³
Escape velocity 0,0319 km/s
Albedo 0,10
Apparent magnitude + 17,0 mvis
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Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and the wife of King Minos. She was the mother of Glaucus, Andogeus, Phaedra, and Ariadne. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had to mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.

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