Pasiphae

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In Greek mythology, Pasiphae was the wife of King Minos of Crete. She was the mother of the Minotaur, after a curse from Poseidon caused her to mate with a white bull.


Pasiphae ("pah SIF ah ee") is a moon of Jupiter. It was discovered in 1908 by P. Melotte and named after the wife of Minos and mother of the Minotaur from Greek legend.

  • Orbital radius: 23,500,000 km
  • diameter: 50 km
  • mass: 1.91×2017 kg
  • Orbital period: 735 days
  • Orbital inclination: 148°