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" [...] I think you must have misheard Professor Sinistra, Europa's covered in ice, not mice."
Hermione Granger correcting Harry Potter's essay about Jupiter's Moons[src]

Europa is one of Jupiter's moons. This natural satellite is covered in ice. It is studied in Astronomy class, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • In the Muggle world, Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei (and possibly independently by Simon Marius), and named after a mythical Phoenician noblewoman, Europa, who was courted by Zeus and became the queen of Crete.[2]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  2. Europa

Professors: Aurora Sinistra
Astronomy at Hogwarts: Astronomy department · Astronomy Tower · Astronomy Room · Astronomy Stairs · Astronomy Corridor · Astronomy reading room ·
Astronomy classroom
Astronomers: Aurora Sinistra · Copernicus · George von Rheticus · Perpetua Fancourt
Objects: Globe of the Moon · Lunascope · Moon chart · Orrery · Star chart · Telescope
Planets: Jupiter · Mars · Mercury · Neptune · Pluto · Saturn · Uranus · Venus
Satellites: Callisto · Europa · Ganymede · Io · Moon
Constellations: Bartholomeus · Orion