Fig. 6.44. A diagram depicting the orbits of Jupiter's known satellites. (Credit: Scott C. Sheppard)

Fig. 6.45. Galileo spacecraft images showing the four small, irregular shaped moons that orbit Jupiter in the zone between the planet's ring and larger Galilean satellites. Shown in correct relative size and from left to right, arranged in order of increasing distance from Jupiter, are Metis, Adrastea, Amalthea, and Thebe. (Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University)

are very small. Because of their small size and orbital characteristics, they are believed to be objects that were captured from orbits around the sun during the early formation of Jupiter [468]. Himalia is the largest irregular satellite, having

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