Jupiter has a large cortege of satellites grouped into distinct families :
- large Galilean satellites (I, II, III, IV) similar to terrestrial planets.
- small satellites close to the planet inside the orbits of the Galilean satellite Io (V, XIV, XV, XVI).
- small satellites far from the planet belonging to the Himalia family (VI, VII, X, XIII, ...) rotating on prograde (direct) orbits.
- small satellites far from the planet belonging to the Pasiphae family (VIII, IX, XI, XII, ...) rotating on retrograde orbits.
Origin of name : click here.
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