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Puck
The twelfth moon in order of distance from Uranus. It is is named after one of the fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and is also known as Uranus XV. Puck was one of 10 new moons discovered in 1986 from images sent back by Voyager 2 and the only one found soon enough to allow further images of it to be captured by the spacecraft. These reveal a roughly spherical shape pockmarked by several large craters, three of which have been named (Bogle, Butz, and Lob).


discovery 1986, by Voyager 2
semimajor axis 86,010 km (53,460 miles)
diameter 162 km (101 miles)
orbital period 0.762 days (18 hr 17 min.)
orbital eccentricity 0.0001
orbital inclination 0.32°
visual albedo 0.07 (assumed)


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