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Himalia
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Planet of Origin

Jupiter

Discoverer

Charles Dillon Perrine

Date of Discovery

December 3, 1904

Place of Discovery

Lick Observatory

Surface Color

Mustard yellow

Composition

Porous ocean

Himalia is the largest of the irregular-shaped satellites belonging to the planet of Jupiter. Being a prograde satellite, it was discovered on December 3, 1904 by Charles Dillon Perrine at the Lick Observatory. Due to its size and its brightness, Himalia is the easiest observed satellite of Jupiter. In fact, it is so large and massive, the only things larger are the Galilean moons. Although it is bright in apparent magnitude, Amalthea is brighter, yet further away and smaller, therefore being less easily observed by the human eye.

FormationEdit

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NamingEdit

Himalia was named after Himalia, the nymph that bore three sons from Zeus. In the 1950's and 1970's, people mistook the name Himalia for Hestia, a Greek goddess.

CompositionEdit

Like many other moons belonging to Jupiter, water is thought to be present inside of the layers of Himalia, sandwiched between two layers.

SurfaceEdit

The surface of Himalia appears to be gray and has other spectra of color that match that of a C-type asteroid. There are no visible mountainous areas or valleys, common in Himalia grouped satellites. The only visible mountainous areas are under the surface in the lower crust. It is believed that these mountains will soon be pushed to the surface in the next million years.

ExplorationEdit

In 2000, Himalia was photographed by the Cassini spacecraft. Only though the images were a few pixels in length and height, the images can show the axes of the moon match that of Earth-based measurements. The image was taken from five million miles away.

Miscellaneous FactsEdit

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    Himalia ring