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Metis(mē`tĭs), 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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Métis[Fr.,=mixed], person of mixed racial heritage, particularly a descendant of French and English fur traders and indigenous women, principally in the Canadian prairie provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The Métis gradually formed a distinct culture and distinct language, Michif, spoken primarily by people of French and Cree descent. In the late 18th cent., under Louis RielRiel, Louis
, 1844–85, Canadian insurgent, leader of two rebellions, b. Manitoba, of French and Métis parentage. In 1869–70 he led the rebels of the Red River settlements, mainly Métis (people of mixed European–indigenous descent) and indigenous
..... Click the link for more information. , they rebelled against the transfer of their lands from the Hudson's Bay Company to Canada. Their descendants are now part of the Métis Nation, recognized by the Canadian government in 1982, with the First Nations and the Inuit, as one of the country's three aboriginal peoples. In 2017 the Canadian government established a formal relationship with the Métis Nation; the Métis in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario were granted self-government in 2019. Other people of E Canada and the Great Lakes region of the United States self-identify as métis but are not part of the Métis Nation. In the early 21st cent. there some 300,000–400,000 métis) in North America.
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Metis(mee -tiss) A small irregularly shaped satellite of Jupiter, discovered in 1980 from photographs taken by Voyager 2 in 1979. It is Jupiter's closest known satellite, orbiting at a mean distance of 128 000 km. See Jupiter's satellites; Table 2, backmatter.
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The innermost known satellite of Jupiter, having an orbital radius of 79,510 miles (127,960 kilometers) and dimensions of 37 × 21 miles (60 × 34 kilometers. Also known as Jupiter XVI.
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goddess of caution and discretion. [Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 242]
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