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Galilean satellites


  • Here are entered works dealing collectively with the four largest satellites of Jupiter: Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, and Io. Works on an individual satellite are entered under the heading for the satellite, e.g. [Callisto (Satellite).]

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    • Galilean moons
    • Medicean planets
    • Medicean stars
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    • found: Work cat.: Luidens, Roger W. Round-trip trajectories to moons of Jupiter, 1967:p. 1 ("... This report presents a systematic study of round-trip trajectories to the four major moons of Jupiter; Io, Europe, Ganymede, and Callisto")
    • found: Cambridge astronomy dictionary, 1996:p. 80 ("Galilean satellites - The four chief satellites of Jupiter - Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto - named collectively after Galileo, who observed them in 1610 ...")
    • found: McGraw-Hill dictionary of scientific and technical terms, 2003:p. 873 ("Galilean satellites - (astron[omy]) - The four largest and brightest satellites of Jupiter (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto)")
    • found: History of astronomy: an encyclopedia, 1997:p. 226 (" ... Turning to Jupiter, he [Galileo] found four small stars that would soon prove to be Jovian satellites ... Galileo quickly published a pamphlet announcing his findings, the Sidereus nuncius (Starry messenger) of 1610. For the occasion, he christened the Jovian satellites the Medicean stars, in honor of the Medici family of Florence")
    • found: Baakle, Ron. The discovery of the Galilean satellites, via WWW, Jan. 15, 2003 [within NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory web site]("Galileo originally called the [sic] Jupiter's moons the 'Medicean planets'.... ")
    • found: Chambers dictionary of science and technology, 1999:p. 489 ("Galilean moons - (astronomy) - The four moons of Jupiter (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) discovered by Galileo in 1610")
    • found: Academic Press dictionary of science and technology, 1992:p. 898 ("Galilean satellites - Astronomy - a collective name for Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, the four largest moons of Jupiter; discovered by Galileo in 1610")
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works dealing collectively with the four largest satellites of Jupiter: Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, and Io. Works on an individual satellite are entered under the heading for the satellite, e.g. [Callisto (Satellite).]
  • Change Notes

    • 2003-01-17: new
    • 2003-03-17: revised
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