Weekly Current Affairs

By Jupiter! Proof of water plumes on moon [S&T]

  • More evidence of possible water plumes erupting from surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been spotted using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Europa, one of more than 50 moons circling the gas giant, is considered by NASA as a “top candidate” for life elsewhere in the solar system because it is believed to possess a massive, salty, subsurface ocean that is twice size of Earth’s.
  • Last year, data from Hubble confirmed that Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, has an underground ocean that with more water than Earth’s.