Cordelia (pronounced /kɔrˈdiːliə/ kor-DEE-lee-ə) is the innermost moon of Uranus. It was discovered from the images taken by Voyager 2 on January 20, 1986 and was given the temporary designation S/1986 U 7.[7] It was not detected again until the Hubble Space Telescope observed it in 1997.[6][8] Cordelia takes its name from the youngest daughter of Lear in William Shakespeare's King Lear. It is also designated Uranus VI.[9]

Other than its orbit,[1] radius of 20 km[2] and geometric albedo of 0.08[6] virtually nothing is known about it. At the Voyager 2 images Cordelia appears as an elongated object, the major axis pointing towards Uranus. The ratio of axises of the Cordelia's prolate spheroid is 0.7 ± 0.2.[2]

Cordelia acts as the inner shepherd satellite for Uranus' Epsilon ring.[10] Cordelia's orbit is within Uranus' synchronous orbit radius, and is therefore slowly decaying due to tidal deceleration.[2]


1. ^ a b c d e Jacobson, R.A. (1998). "The Orbits of the Inner Uranian Satellites From Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager 2 Observations". The Astronomical Journal 115: 1195–1199. doi:10.1086/300263. edit
2. ^ a b c d e f g Karkoschka, Erich (2001). "Voyager's Eleventh Discovery of a Satellite of Uranus and Photometry and the First Size Measurements of Nine Satellites". Icarus 151: 69–77. doi:10.1006/icar.2001.6597. edit
3. ^ a b c "Planetary Satellite Physical Parameters". JPL (Solar System Dynamics). 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
4. ^ a b Williams, Dr. David R. (2007-11-23). "Uranian Satellite Fact Sheet". NASA (National Space Science Data Center). Retrieved 2008-12-12.
5. ^ a b c d e f Calculated on the basis of other parameters
6. ^ a b c Karkoschka, Erich (2001). "Comprehensive Photometry of the Rings and 16 Satellites of Uranus with the Hubble Space Telescope". Icarus 151: 51–68. doi:10.1006/icar.2001.6596. edit
7. ^ Smith, B. A. (1986-01-27). "IAU Circular No. 4168". Retrieved 2006-08-06.
8. ^ Showalter, M. R.; Lissauer, J. J. (2003-09-03). "IAU Circular No. 8194". Retrieved 2006-08-05.
9. ^ "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2006-08-06.
10. ^ Esposito, L. W. (2002). "Planetary rings". Reports On Progress In Physics 65: 1741–1783. doi:10.1088/0034-4885/65/12/201.

External links

* Cordelia Profile by NASA's Solar System Exploration
* Uranus' Known Satellites (by Scott S. Sheppard)

Moons of Uranus

Retrieved from ""
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License


Scientific Library -