Ganymede, a satellite of the planet Jupiter. With a diameter of 3,270 miles (5,260 km), Ganymede is the largest satellite in the solar system, and is larger than the planet Mercury. Its surface is composed of ice and has distinct dark and light areas. The dark areas are heavily cratered and the light areas are covered by long, parallel channels. Ganymede was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610.
Hundred of meteors fly across the sky every night, but only a few make it to Earth. Meteors are best known for the brilliant streaks of light they make as they burn up in the atmosphere. Learn about 10 memorable meteor crashes that left an impression.
We know it's not made of green cheese, but what are the origins of the moon? Learn astronomers' theories about where the moon came from.