how many moons does Jupiter have?

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How many moons does Jupiter have?

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Jupit?r is Lik? a Mini S?lar Syst?mwith At L?ast 61 M??ns ?rbiting th? Plan?tJupit?r, th? fifth plan?t ?utward fr?m th? Sun, is th? larg?st plan?t in ?ur S?lar Syst?m. In fact, Jupit?r has s?m?thing lik? a wh?l? plan?tary syst?m ?f its ?wn, with sp?ctacular rings and th? m?st m??ns ?f any plan?t, acc?rding t? astr?n?m?rs l??king at th? plan?t thr?ugh th? Canada-Franc?-Hawaii T?l?sc?p? at?p th? d?rmant v?lcan? Mauna K?a ?n th? island ?f Hawaii. Th? larg?st m??n in th? S?lar Syst?m is Ganym?d? with a diam?t?r ?f 3,280 mil?s, ?v?n larg?r than ?ith?r ?f th? plan?ts M?rcury and Plut?. A m??n is a natural sat?llit? r?tating ar?und a plan?t. ?ach m??n is much small?r than its plan?t. ?nly M?rcury and V?nus d? n?t hav? any m??ns. By c?mparis?n with Jupit?r, ?arth has ?nly ?n? m??n and Mars has tw?. Th? M??ns ?f Jupit?rGalil?an sat?llit?s. Jupit?r's b?st kn?wn m??ns ar? th? f?ur larg? plan?t-siz?d b?di?s - I?,?ur?pa, Ganym?d?, Callist?, and Amalth?a. Th?y ar? kn?wn as th? Galil?an sat?llit?s b?caus? th?y w?r? s??n first in 1610 by th? astr?n?m?r Galil?? Galil?i. Ganym?d? is th? larg?st m??n in th? S?lar Syst?m, with a diam?t?r ?f 3,260 mil?s. ?n th? ?th?r hand, th? r?c?ntly-disc?v?r?d m??ns ar? tiny, just a mil? ?r s? acr?ss. Th? littl? b?di?s ?rbit Jupit?r at distanc?s ?f t?ns ?f milli?ns ?f mil?s fr?m th? giant plan?t. Astr?n?m?rs disc?v?r?d th?m in 2003 using th? w?rld's tw? larg?st digital cam?ras - th? Subaru T?l?sc?p? and th? Canada-Franc?-Hawaii T?l?sc?p?, b?th at?

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