Indian-Origin NASA Researcher Discovers Jupiter Moon Europa Glows In The Dark

Harin - Dec 09, 2020


Indian-Origin NASA Researcher Discovers Jupiter Moon Europa Glows In The Dark

Researchers have found out that the dark side of Europa could glow in the dark thanks to strong radiation and it could support simple life forms.

We all know that in our solar system, Jupiter is the largest planet with 79 moons. With a surface filled with liquids and gases, the planet is in no way a hospitable planet. However, researchers believed that Europa, one of Jupiter’s moon, could possess life.

Jupiter
In our solar system, Jupiter is the largest planet with 79 moons.

Researchers have found out that the dark side of Europa could glow in the dark thanks to strong radiation. And from this, scientists think that it could support simple life forms.

The discovery was published in a study in the Nature Astronomy journal. The result was a result of numerous experiments carried out by NASA scientists to study how Jupiter’s radiation affects Europa’s chemical composition.

Europa
Researchers have found out that the dark side of Europa could glow in the dark thanks to strong radiation.

For this experiment, the scientists set up an “ice chamber” at JPL, Pasadena, California. The chamber has chemicals that are believed to be the same as those on the Moon. The moon was then exposed to a beam of high-energy electrons simulating Jupiter’s radiation. They discovered that every time the chamber glowed every time the chemicals are hit by the radiation. As soon as they turned off the beam, the glow also went off.

Later, the chemicals were switched to stimulate the Europa environment, using magnesium sulfate and sodium chloride. The ice glowed in different intensities as well as in different colors such as blue, green, and white.

Europa Clipper Mission
NASA is preparing for the Europa clipper mission some time in the 2020s.

Now, NASA is preparing for the Europa clipper mission some time in the 2020s that could prove the findings and help researchers better understand the moon whether it can host life.

>>> NASA To Visit An Asteroid So Valuable That It Can Make Everyone On Earth A Billionaire

Comments

Sort by Newest | Popular

Next Story

Read more

Should You Use an Online Casinos Website or App?

Review- Dec 08, 2022

Should You Use an Online Casinos Website or App?

You can play at online casinos today via an app or from a web browser, but which is better? Find out more right here.

Rules for an Online Casino, Welcome Bonus, No Deposit, and More

Review- Dec 08, 2022

Rules for an Online Casino, Welcome Bonus, No Deposit, and More