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Harpalyke (har-pal'-i-kee, Greek ‘Αρπαλύκη) (Jupiter XXII) 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 2000, and given the temporary designation S/2000 J 5. Harpalyke is about 4.4 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 21,064 Mm in 624.542 days, at an inclination of 147° to the ecliptic (144° to Jupiter's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.2441.

It is named after Harpalyke, the incestuous daughter of Klymenos, who was in some accounts a lover of Zeus (Jupiter).

Harpalyke belongs to the Ananke group, retrograde irregular moons which orbit Jupiter between 19.3 and 22.7 Gm, at inclinations of roughly 150°.


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Jupiter's natural satellites

Inner satellites | Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto | Themisto | Himalia group | Carpo | S/2003 J 12 | Ananke group | Carme group | Pasiphaë group | S/2003 J 2

see also: The Solar System

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