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Himalia(hĭmäl`yə), in astronomy, one of the 39 known moons, or natural satellites, of JupiterJupiter
, in astronomy, 5th planet from the sun and largest planet of the solar system. Astronomical and Physical Characteristics
Jupiter's orbit lies beyond the asteroid belt at a mean distance of 483.6 million mi (778.
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Himalia(hi-may -lee-ă, -mah -) A satellite of Jupiter, discovered in 1904 by the US astronomer Charles Dillon Perrine (1867–1951). It is the largest of Jupiter's irregular satellites, with a diameter of 150 km. See Jupiter's satellites; Table 2, backmatter.
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A small satellite of Jupiter with a diameter of about 35 miles (56 kilometers), orbiting at a mean distance of 7.12×106 miles (11.46×106 kilometers). Also known as Jupiter VI.
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