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Io

Io

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Io, in astronomy, one of the 39 known moons, or natural satellites, of Jupiter. Io is subject to Jupiter's enormous tidal forces and is, as a result, the most volcanically active body in the solar system.
Io, in Greek mythology, daughter of Inachus, king of Argos. She was loved by Zeus, who, to protect her from Hera's jealousy, changed her into a white heifer. Hera, however, was not deceived; she claimed the heifer and sent Argus to guard it. When Hermes killed Argus, Hera tormented Io with a gadfly which drove her across Europe and through Asia, until she was finally allowed to rest in Egypt. There Zeus returned her to human form, and she bore his child Epaphus. Io has been identified with the Egyptian goddess Isis.

Io or io may refer to:

In modern fiction:

  • Blind Io, the current king of the gods in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of fantasy novels
  • Io (Dungeons & Dragons), the chief deity worshipped by dragons in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game
  • Io (Babylon 5), a space station in the science fiction television show Babylon 5

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