Caliban, also known as Uranus XVI or S/1997 U 1, is a moon orbiting the planet Uranus. Caliban takes 1.59 Earth Years or 579.26 Earth Days to orbit around Uranus. Caliban has a mass of 7.4 X 10^17 Kilograms, a Volume of 200,000 Kilometers cubed, a surface area of 16,000 kilometers squared & a diameters of 72 kilometers. Caliban has an average temperature of 65 Kelvin or negative 208.15 degrees Celsius.
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Caliban was discovered on September 6th, 1997 by Australian-born Astronomer Philip D. Nicholson, Canadian Astronomer Brett James Gladman, American Astronomer Joseph A. Burns & John J. Kavelaars at Palomar Obs with the Hale Telescope. The name Caliban for this moon was given to it after the naming of a character from The English Poet William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Caliban unlike other moons, was not formed by the gravity of Uranus but was rather, capture by the gravitational force of Uranus. Where Caliban came from is unknown but what is thought is not it does not originate from Uranus itself.
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