What is Europa THE GOD OF?
Europa was initially a Cretan moon goddess, who was incorporated into the Greek mythology as a virgin Phoenician princess. She was the daughter of the King Agenor of Sidon and Europe was named after her. Disturbed by the dream, Europa woke up in the early hours and did not go back to sleep. …
Can Jupiter moon Europa support life?
Europa’s surface is blasted by radiation from Jupiter. That’s a bad thing for life on the surface – it couldn’t survive. But the radiation may create fuel for life in an ocean below the surface. The radiation splits apart water molecules (H2O, made of oxygen and hydrogen) in Europa’s extremely tenuous atmosphere.
Which moon can sustain life?
The strongest candidates for natural satellite habitability are currently icy satellites such as those of Jupiter and Saturn—Europa and Enceladus respectively, although if life exists in either place, it would probably be confined to subsurface habitats.
Why is Europa so cold?
Europa is smaller and colder than Earth. It’s slightly smaller in size than Earth’s Moon. It’s so cold because it’s a long way from the Sun—more than five times farther than the distance between the Sun and Earth.
What if Europa was our moon?
So if we replaced our Moon with Europa, it would appear roughly the same size in the sky as our Moon does, but brighter — much, much brighter. Europa’s surface is made of water ice and so it reflects 5.5 times the sunlight than our Moon does. One AU is the distance from Earth to the Sun.
Does Europa have any volcanoes?
Every time Io orbits Jupiter twice, Europa completes one orbit. On Io, this heating produces volcanic activity that is far more active and intense than volcanism on Earth. On Europa, the tidal heating may have heated its interior enough to melt ice and produce a subsurface ocean.
What would happen if Europa melted?
Scientists think Europa’s ice shell is 10 to 15 miles (15 to 25 kilometers) thick, floating on an ocean 40 to 100 miles (60 to 150 kilometers) deep. So melting all the ice would reveal no land. And that water world’s oceans would be dozens of miles deeper than any on earth.
Can you see Europa from Earth?
From Earth, through a small telescope or strong binoculars, they look like tiny starlike pinpricks of light. But you’ll know they’re not stars because you’ll see them stretched out in a line that bisects Jupiter. Going from closest moon to Jupiter to the outermost, their order is Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.
Are we going to Europa?
Europa Clipper (previously known as Europa Multiple Flyby Mission) is an interplanetary mission in development by NASA comprising an orbiter. Set for a launch in October 2024, the spacecraft is being developed to study the Galilean moon Europa through a series of flybys while in orbit around Jupiter.
Are there geysers on Europa?
The evidence for geysers on Europa has been tentative up to now, but this month (November 18, 2019) scientists said they’ve found what might be new confirmation: they reported the direct detection of water vapor above the moon’s surface. Like Enceladus, Europa has a deep ocean below the outer ice crust.
Is space a water?
Water is abundant in space and is made up of hydrogen created in the Big Bang and oxygen released from dying stars. Earth was moulded from rocks that came from the inner solar system where the fierce heat of the Sun would have boiled away any water.
How do we know Europa has water?
There is also growing evidence for water vapor plumes on Europa, similar to those on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. If they are there, Europa Clipper could fly through them, just as Cassini did at Enceladus, and sample the vapor for analysis.