Gaea is an impact crater on Amalthea, one of the small moons of Jupiter. The crater is 75 km wide and at least 10–20 km deep. Its center coordinates are 50°S, 95°W. Gaea is one of two named craters on Amalthea, the other being Pan. It is named after the Greek goddess Gaia.
Third of Gaea's interior is covered by a bright spot – the largest on Amalthea. Its brightness is at least 2.3 times greater than outside. This spot is about 25 km wide and appear to be extended outside the crater.
Gaea is located near the South pole of Amalthea, far south from the two bright areas, Lyctos Facula and Ida Facula, which are positioned on the slopes of a prominent mountain elongated along meridian.
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