Diagram of the Uranus system, showing moons and rings.

Diagram of the Uranus system, showing moons and rings. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

Discovery

Cupid was discovered on Aug. 25, 2003 by M.R. Showalter and J.J. Lissauer, using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Overview

Cupid is one of the inner moons of Uranus, so small and dark that it escaped the notice of Voyager 2 during the spacecraft's visit in 1986.

How Cupid Got its Name

Originally called S/2003 U2, Cupid was named for the Roman god of love, who appears in William Shakespeare's play, "Timon of Athens" (in keeping with the custom of naming most of Uranus' moons after Shakespearean characters).

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