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"A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System" by Bill Arnett

"The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowlege of each of the planets, and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information." [introduction from the front page]

What follows is a table of contents listing 76 moons and planets. It doesn't end there either, as various asteroids, comets, and other small bodies are listed and linked.

Of all the beautiful images, my favorite is the large photo of the volcanically active Io, the innermost large moon of Jupiter. Discovered in 1610 by Galileo and Marius, Io, along with Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede, is quite visible on a good night with a small telescope or binoculars.

Although there are several excellent pictures of Io, my favorite image involving Io is imaginary. I once developed a futuristic game scenario that took place in an abandoned resort city on Io. I selected Io as the location for "The Last Resort" because of "The most beautiful view in the Solar System" -- the image of Jupiter lighting up a huge portion of the night sky. At approximately the same distance from Jupiter as Luna is from Earth, the flowing color bands of Jupiter would cover about 1800 times as much of the sky as the full moon!

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