Image of Adrastea taken by the Galileo spacecraft. This is currently the best image available.

Adrastea is the second-closest moon of Jupiter, moving just one Jovian radius above Jupiter's cloud tops. It is extremely small and irregular in shape. Like its inner neighbor, Metis, it orbits faster than Jupiter spins on its axis, a situation that results in orbital instability and will eventually cause Adrastea to spiral into Jupiter's atmosphere. Adrastea is a shepherd moon of Jupiter's main ring and, together with Metis, appears to be the source of the material making up this ring.


discovery 1979, D. Jewitt and E. Danielson
based on Voyager data
semimajor axis 128,690 km (79,980 mi)
diameter 26 × 20 × 16 km (16 × 12 × 9 mi)
mean density 3.0 g/cm3
escape velocity 0.011 km/s (40 km/h, 25 mph)
orbital period 0.298 day (7 h 9 min)
orbital eccentricity 0.002
orbital inclination 0.000°
visual albedo 0.10