Moons of Jupiter 3D
3D tool that simulates the motion of the Jupiter's four
simulator allows you to see the
Jupiter's Great Red Spot and the smaller Jovian storms
in high resolution.
Secondly, the surface of the four Galilean moons can
also be seen in great detail. Zoom in and
out, basic information about each moon you are
exploring, real speed ratios for the orbital rotations
of the four moons - these are some of the most important features of this
free application. The four largest moons of Jupiter (Io,
Europa, Ganymede and Callisto) were first seen by
Galileo Galilei in December 1609 through his telescope.
An interesting fact about this mini solar system, the
first three moons exhibit a 1:2:4 orbital resonance -
orbital periods being
related by this ratio of small
The original images
we have used in this utility came from
three important sources: Milky Way - ESO/S. Brunier, Jupiter - www.solarsystemscope.com, the Moons:
stevealbers.net and Bjorn Jonsson; however, they
were tuned a little bit in order to make them more clear.
acts like a toggle button, it changes the application's main menu on and
off. A right mouse click shows a popup menu with the
other functions of this simulator. For instance, the
values of mass, volume and surface gravity can be
displayed if you select 'Show info'. 'Auto-rotate'
starts and stops the orbital and axial rotations of
these celestial bodies; when the animation 'freezes',
you may perform a thorough exploration or you can
take a nice screenshot.