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Here’s why Jupiter’s moon Europa spews water into space

November 11th, 2020

Europa, a moon of Jupiter, is one of the few places in our solar system where we might be able to find life. New research focused on the water plumes that spew from its surface and attempted to explain them. A theory suggests that the plumes are water that was trapped in ice bubbles after …

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This Hubble photo might be its best ever

September 18th, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an absolutely stunning image of Jupiter. The image shows a multitude of storms and even the icy moon Europa hanging out in the background. Jupiter’s storms are going through significant changes, and scientists can’t explain why. The Hubble Space Telescope may be getting old, but it still manages to …

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Jupiter’s moons are warmer than they should be, but why?

September 11th, 2020

New research shows that Jupiter’s moons may be keeping each other warm thanks to the effects of gravity. The tidal forces each moon applies to the others are keeping them warmer than they would otherwise be. Jupiter’s moon Europa has a subsurface ocean that may hold life. Jupiter is well known for being the might, …

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Scientists say alien life may live on Jupiter’s moon Europa

June 25th, 2020

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have the conditions necessary to support life, a new study claims. The interior of the planet is believed to be liquid water, and if that water has a stable source of heat, life could exist or even thrive there. Future missions to explore Europa could reveal whether or not life has …

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Europa’s hidden ocean supported by decades-old data

May 14th, 2020

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have a vast ocean of water beneath its surface, and new data from Galileo supports that theory. Researchers found that a lack of protons over Europa’s north pole could indicate an active water plume. Tidal forces prevent the water from freezing, but whether life exists there remains a mystery. Visit BGR’s …

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Jupiter’s Europa is seriously salty

June 13th, 2019

Of all the places in our solar system (besides Earth, of course), Jupiter’s moon Europa might have the best chance of hosting life. Scientists studying the planet are intrigued by its massive ocean of liquid water hiding beneath a thick icy shell, and it’s possible that life is lurking there, too. Now, a new research …

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Jupiter’s Europa might be a spiky, dangerous place to land a ship

October 8th, 2018

As telescope technology and other observational tools has improved over the decades we’ve learned more and more about the planets and moons in our Solar System. We’ve begun to check off the places that could have possibly harbored life, but a handful of promising destinations still remain. Jupiter’s moon Europa is one of the most …