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General
 
Characteristics:

Mass: (1.072 × 1016) kg


Radius: 11.1 km


Density: 1.876 g/cm³


Semi-major axis: {{{Semi-major axis}}}


Orbital period: 0.31891023 Earth days


Rotation period: Synchronous rotation


Atmosphere: None known


Surface temperature: ~233 K


Moons: {{{Moons}}}

 
Discovery Information:

Discovery date: August 18, 1877


Discoverer(s): Asaph Hall


Detection method: Telescope

   

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Phobos

Phobos (IPA: /ˈfoʊbəs/) is one of the two small moons orbiting Mars, the other being Deimos. Both were discovered in 1877 by Asaph Hall. With a mean radius of 6.9 mi (11.1 km), Phobos is about 7 times as massive as Deimos. It is named after the Greek god Phobos which means "fear". Both Phobos and Deimos are likely to be captured asteroids, and both are small, battered, and irregularly shaped. Phobos orbits only at about 5,827 mi (9,377 km) from the center of Mars, making it the closest natural satellite to its parent planet in the solar system.

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