Jo·​vi·​an ˈjō-vē-ən How to pronounce Jovian (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the god or planet Jupiter

Examples of Jovian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even that, however, means that Europa Clipper will not arrive in the Jovian system until April 2030. TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 Regardless of Juno’s fate, astronomers won’t have to wait very long until the Jovian system is explored again. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Intriguingly, the Jovian moon itself has appeared surprisingly similar throughout all these missions. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 5 Feb. 2024 Since its launch on an Atlas V rocket, Juno has performed very well while operating in the Jovian system, surviving extended operations in the harsh radiation of the planet. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 But any life on the Jovian moon would need to contend with some extreme conditions. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2023 This spacecraft is scheduled to take a more direct route to arrive at the Jovian system roughly 15 months before JUICE, and will focus on studying Europa’s habitability. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 5 July 2023 For distant Callisto, consigned to the outskirts of the Jovian system, Jupiter’s shining youth would have had no effect. Nola Taylor Tillman, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2023 To take off toward its Jovian destination, Juice needed perfect conditions. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Jovian was in 1530

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“Jovian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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