How big is Jupiter's moon Io?
The most volcanic body in the Solar System,
Io (usually pronounced "EYE-oh") is
3,600 kilometers in diameter, about the size of
planet Earth's single large
at the turn of the millennium, the Cassini spacecraft captured this
inspiring view of active Io
largest gas giant as a backdrop,
offering a stunning demonstration of the ruling planet's
Although in the above picture Io appears
to be located just in front of the
swirling Jovian clouds,
Io hurtles around its orbit once every 42 hours
at a distance of 420,000 kilometers or so from the center
nearly 350,000 kilometers above
Jupiter's cloud tops,
roughly equivalent to the distance between
Earth and Moon.
spacecraft itself was about 10 million kilometers
from Jupiter when recording the image data.