Are plumes of water erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa?
Europa is one of Jupiter’s largest moons and is covered in a layer of ice that’s miles thick. Beneath this frozen shell lies a hidden ocean thought to contain more water than found on Earth. But there’s more to this moon than what’s going on below the surface. In 2012, scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope first observed what appear to be towering columns of water vapor rising from Europa's icy exterior. Now, recent images taken by Hubble provide further evidence of their existence. On three separate occasions in 2014, Hubble spotted what could be 125-mile-high plumes of water vapor gushing from the Jovian moon. Future observations by Hubble and other NASA missions may provide clues as to how often the plumes occur and why they erupt. Watch the video to learn more.
Please give credit for this item to: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Cover image courtesy of NASA/ESA/STScI/G. Bacon 2014 Hubble image courtesy of NASA/ESA/W. Sparks 2012 Hubble image courtesy of NASA/ESA/L. Roth Europa interior image courtesy of NASA/JPL Europa surface image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute
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