Galilean satellite


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Galilean satellite

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(Celestial Objects) any of the four large satellites of the planet Jupiter – Io, Europa, Ganymede, or Callisto – discovered in 1610 by Galileo
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Noun1.Galilean satellite - one of the four satellites of Jupiter that were discovered by Galileo
satellite - any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
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These so-called Galilean satellites, named after the 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei, who discovered them with a telescope, complete orbits around Jupiter with durations ranging from 2 days to 17 days.
Europa is one of the four largest moons of Jupiter, which collectively are known as Galilean satellites.
While at Durham, Prof Sampson's research included studying the motions of Jupiter''s four Galilean satellites, work for which he later won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1928.
15 Navan Jupiter has 63 confirmed moons, with the four largest called the Galilean satellites after Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who discovered them in 1610.
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The orbital periods of the Galilean satellites of Jupiter, many asteroids' orbits, Jupiter's orbit, and Pluto's orbit with Neptune are some examples.
In particular, it provided strong evidence of a subsurface ocean on Europa, one of the four largest moons known as the Galilean satellites.
The third moon out is Ganymede, the largest of the Galilean satellites.
Among other celestial offerings is a decent view of Jupiter and its four Galilean satellites (moons) - so named because Galileo was the first to see them.
It is fascinating to watch the dance of the four Galilean satellites as they cross in front and disappear behind the body of the planet.
It provided strong evidence of an underground salt water ocean on Europa - one of the four largest moons known as the Galilean satellites - and hinted at other hidden oceans on sister moons Callisto and Ganymede.