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Desdemona: Overview
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Color image of Uranus, its rings and moons.
Desdemona is among eight moons captured in this Hubble Space Telescope image of Uranus.
Desdemona is one of the small, inner moons of Uranus. Little is known about it other than its size and orbital characteristics. Neither its size nor its albedo have been measured directly, but assuming an albedo of 0.07 like Puck, its surface probably consists of the dark, unprocessed, carbon-rich material found on the C-class of asteroids.

Discovery:
Desdemona was discovered on 13 January 1986 in images taken by Voyager 2. It is one of the 10 Uranian satellites discovered by the Voyager science team.

How Desdemona Got its Name:
Originally called S/1986 U6, Desdemona was named after the wife of Othello in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello, the Moor of Venice." Desdemona is the daughter of a Venetian senator. She enrages and disappoints her father by marrying Othello; later, on a trip with her husband to Crete, he accuses her of infidelity and murders her.

Moons of Uranus are named for characters in William Shakespeare's plays and from Alexander Pope's "Rape of the Lock."

Just the Facts
Orbit Size (semi-major axis):  62,700 km
Mean Radius:  32.0 ± 4 km
Volume:  137,258 km3
Mass:  178,341,543,538,566,000 kg
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