Europe still hides many secrets from astronomers. The latest research is further evidence that if life exists there, it must exist only below the surface. This is where the salt water reservoirs are located, which are protected by the icy surface against deadly ionizing radiation.
New scientific research with the Hubble Space Telescope shows that a glow appears on the dark side of the moon, where sunlight cannot reach it. It is due to the strong radiation generated by the home planet, namely Jupiter.
Astronomers conducted experiments in laboratories with which they wanted to recreate the conditions prevailing on the surface of Europe. It turned out that indeed ice could reflect radiation and generate a glow in dark places.
Unfortunately, this afterglow cannot be seen from Earth, because it occurs only on the dark side of Europe. The one visible from our planet is illuminated by the sun's rays, which eliminate this effect. Astronomers are looking forward to a mission to this mysterious globe.
It will start in 2023. The Europa Clipper mission, supervised by the US Space Agency, will then depart towards the icy moons of Jupiter. It will allow us to learn a lot more about the surroundings of the largest planet in the solar system and, perhaps, eventually gain valuable data on the possibility of biological life forms there.
Recently, there have also been data that show that life on this ice-bound object can function as little as 1 centimeter below the surface. Such information provided new analyzes of old data obtained by the Galileo and Voyager 1 spacecraft. Astronomers based on them Epic Movie News 3D models that show the degree of radiation penetration deep into the European surface.