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- Moon Name: Amalthea
- Designation: Jupiter V
- Date Discovered: September 9th, 1892
- Discovered by: Edward E. Barnard
- Average Orbit of Jupiter: 112,716.73 mi
- Total Volume: 584,010.99 mi3
- Surface Area: 33,788.17 mi2
17 Amalthea Facts for Kids
- Amalthea is one of the 79 known moons of the planet Jupiter.
- Amalthea is named after the foster-mother of Zeus in Greek mythology.
- Amalthea is also designated as Jupiter V.
- Amalthea was discovered on September 9th, 1892 by American astronomer Edward Barnard.
- Edward Barnard discovered Amalthea using a 36-inch refractor telescope at the Lick Observatory in California.
- Amalthea was the last moon to be discovered using direct visual observation, all later moons have been discovered using digital imaging or photographs.
- The average orbit distance for Amalthea is 12,716.73 miles.
- The total surface area of Amalthea is 33,788.17 mi2.
- The total volume of Amalthea is 584,010.99 mi3.
- Amalthea takes about 12 hours to complete an orbit around Jupiter.
- Amalthea is the third closest moon to the planet Jupiter.
- Amalthea is the sixth most massive moon orbiting Jupiter.
- Amalthea is the largest of the inner moons of Jupiter.
- A large majority of the surface of Amalthea is red.
- The largest crater on Amalthea is Pan with a diameter of 62 miles.
- The largest bright spot (faculae) on Amalthea is Ida Facula with a diameter of 31 miles.
- Images of Amalthea were taken by Voyager 1 and 2 in 1979 and the Galileo orbiter in the 1990s.
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