Jupiter and the Galilean Moons


The Jovian system by Real World Globes is a vibrant addition to anyone's collection of globes!

Jupiter is the fifth planet from our Sun and is, by far, the largest planet in the solar system – more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined. Jupiter's stripes and swirls are actually cold, windy clouds of ammonia and water, floating in an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium. Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot is a giant storm bigger than Earth that has raged for hundreds of years.

Jupiter is surrounded by 79 known moons. Scientists are most interested in the Galilean satellites – the four largest moons discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Jupiter also has several rings, but unlike the famous rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s rings are very faint and made of dust, not ice.

Jupiter is named for the king of the ancient Roman gods.​

Read more about Jupiter at NASA's website.



Jupiter Activites & Information

Cassini-Huygens Mission - More Information on this mission
Cassini Imaging Team

Callisto Activites & Information

Solar System Exploration: Jupiter Moon - Callisto - NASA
JUICE: JUpiter ICy moons Explorer - European Space Agency
The Outer Planets: The Galilean Moons of Jupiter - LASP University of Colorado
Galilean Moons - Universe Today | November 15, 2009

Europa Activites & Information

New Evidence for Liquid Water on Europa - NASA
Water Vapor Plumes Erupt from Europa - NASA
It's Time to Go to Europa - Scientific American | April 15, 2015
JUICE: JUpiter ICy moons Explorer - European Space Agency
The Outer Planets: The Galilean Moons of Jupiter - LASP University of Colorado
Galilean Moons - Universe Today | November 15, 2009
Worksheet Europa - by Michael Carroll

Ganymede Activites & Information

Solar System Exploration: Jupiter Moon - Ganymede - NASA
JUICE: JUpiter ICy moons Explorer - European Space Agency
The Outer Planets: The Galilean Moons of Jupiter - LASP University of Colorado
Galilean Moons - Universe Today | November 15, 2009
Worksheet Ganymede - by Michael Carroll

IO Activites & Information

Planets, Io: Volcanic Moon, NASA
JUICE: JUpiter ICy moons Explorer, European Space Agency
The Outer Planets: The Galilean Moons of Jupiter, LASP University of Colorado
Galilean Moons - Universe Today
Worksheet Io - by Michael Carroll



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