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Amalthea
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Photo of the satellite Amalthea of the planet Jupiter
Amalthea   Jupiter V

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Mean distance from the planet Jupiter 181.400 km
Orbital period around the planet Jupiter (sideric) 0,498 d
Mean orbital velocity 26,47 km/s
Orbital inclination 0,40 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the planet Jupiter 0,003
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Discovered by Edward Emerson Barnard 1892
Mass 7,17 × 1018 kg
Equatorial radius 131 × 73 × 67 km
Mean density 3,1 g/cm³
Escape velocity 0,0842 km/s
Rotational period (synchronous) 0,498 d
Albedo 0,09
Apparent magnitude + 14,1 mvis
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Amalthea is the divine goat who suckled Zeus on Crete, his island of birth, when he was still an infant. Out of gratitude Zeus turned one of the goat's horns into the Cornucopia ("horn of plenty") which was always filled with whatever its possessor wished.

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File icon The Jupiter Satellite Page
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File icon NASA (Voyager 1) - Amalthea
© Calvin J. Hamilton ("Views of the Solar System")
File icon NASA/Cornell University (Galileo) - Four Galileo Views of Amalthea
Link to the page "Views of the Solar System"
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Online version of the "Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM"
File icon A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System - The Nine Planets
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