Item No. 1566
A frozen comet leaves a trail of dust above Ganymede,
one of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.
Cased in crystal clear glass, a window is cut for either a magnified or direct view of Ganymede's details.
Ganymede, one of four moons discovered by Galileo on January 7, 1610, is among the most massive objects in our Solar System, even larger than the planet Mercury.
A salt-water ocean is believed to exist nearly 124 miles below it's ancient silicate surface of grooves and ridges.
When Galileo witnessed celestial bodies orbiting Jupiter a serious blow was dealt to the geocentric theories of the day.
Ganymede likely formed by an accretion of gas and dust surrounding Jupiter after its formation. The accretion of Ganymede took only about 10,000 years.
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