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  THE BELLS OF JOVE
by Matthew Pavletich

Prologue

      "Just as Jupiter was King of all the Roman Gods, so too is his namesake the King of the planets in our varied and wondrous solar system. Jupiter is nearly twelve times the diameter of the Earth and more than three hundred times its mass. Unlike its smaller, rocky sibling Jupiter consists largely of hydrogen and helium with traces of methane and other secondary gases.
      The upper regions of Jupiter's atmosphere are a violent mass of turbulent, phosphorous-laced cloud bands. Far below this churning maelstrom the lower regions are so compressed that the hydrogen has become a liquid metallic mass. As a result, Jupiter is generator of the solar system's second most powerful magnetic field. The honour of first place goes to the Sun, of which some people say Jupiter is a failed binary companion.
      Aside from a swarm of captured asteroids and icy cometary matter, Jupiter has four main moons large enough to be worlds in their own right. The famous Italian astronomer and Renaissance man Galileo Galilei discovered them in 1610 and they were later named after the lovers of the God Jupiter; Callisto, Ganymede, Europa and Io. All were bathed in the strong magnetic radiations from their parent planet. Especially the innermost little world, the violently volcanic Io..."


Excerpt from the Science Channel documentary; `WORLDS OF WONDER.'


On to Chapter One.