Kurato

Kurato
Orbital characteristics
Epoch A2000
Aphelion244410 km (151870 mi)
Perihelion219360 km (136300 mi)
231887 km (144088 mi)
Eccentricity~0.054021
13.4711 d (323.31 h)
1.249 km/s (0.776 mi/s)
Inclination10.3670° (to Stratos's equator)
1.3524° (to the ecliptic)
Satellite ofStratos
Physical characteristics
Equatorial radius
1124.0 km (698.4 mi)
Polar radius
1123.2 km (697.9 mi)
Flattening~.0006441
Circumference7059.787 km (4386.748 mi) (mean)
15,865,000km2
(6,125,000 mi2)
Volume5.94188 × 109 km3
Mass2.2812 × 1022 kg
Mean density
3.8392 g/cm3
1.2059 m/s2
1.646 km/s (1.023 mi/s)
synchronous
2.02°
Albedo0.234 Bond
Surface temp. min mean max
Celsius -181.2°C -108.8°C -49.7°C
Fahrenheit -294.2°F -163.8°F -57.5°F
0.55524° (From Stratoshian surface)

Kurato, or Stratos II, is the larger of the two significant moons of Stratos, with an orbital period of just shorter than 13 and a half days around the planet.

Formation

Kurato is thought to have originated as a small planetoid within the inner Tendor System, likely at around a distance of 2-2.1 AU. It is believed that the migration of Aurious towards the inner system would have disturbed its previously circular orbit and shifted it into a more elliptical orbit, which after a few million years landed it within the influence of Stratos, henceforth capturing it as a moon.

The hypothesis came to be given the fact that the moon has an inclination more similar to that of the ecliptic than that of Stratos and Loftuslo, a composition comparatively dissimilar with Stratos and Loftuslo, and that the hypothesis explains the distinct lack of planets in between Anteria and Stratos.

Physical Characteristics

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Surface Geology

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Orbit and Rotation

Kurato is tidally locked to Stratos, similar to that of Loftuslo, and completes an orbit around the planet about every 13.5 days. Curiously, the moon has a relatively large axial tilt for a tidally locked moon, even moreso than the Moon, making for slight variations in which portions of the moon's surface can be seen on the Stratoshian surface.

Habitability

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  1. Includes only substantial moons of Aurious, Nirduk, and Tsanfau.