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Jupiter Moon: Metis!

An image of Metis taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on January 4, 2000, at a range of 293,000 kilometers

Because of its closeness to Jupiter, very little is known about this moon. In Greek mythology, Metis was named after a Titaness (a consort of Zeus - Jupiter). Together with Adrastea, Metis orbits inside the synchronous orbit radius of Jupiter, which means it orbits faster than Jupiter rotates on its axis. As a result, its orbit will eventually decay and Metis will fall into the planet. Discovered by Stephen Synnott in 1979 (Voyager 1 & 2).


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