The Tidal Waves Under Icy Europa May Hint at Life

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 17, 2008 in Science

The icy surface of Europa, the moon of Jupiter as seen from the Voyager spacecraft in 1996

When most scientists thought of the one place in our solar system outside Earth that may support life the common favorite was Titan, but now that honor may go to the Europa the other sister moon of Jupiter. Astronomers feel that underneath it’s icy surface may lurk energetic oceans which due to the gravity from Jupiter would feature tides — a key ingredient to making life possible: Read more…

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Changing Our Core Notions of Jupiter

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 27, 2008 in Science

Jupiter

We always think of Jupiter as a gas giant, but what’s amazing to think about is that when you get to the core of the planet you have an Earth-like rock core that is 14 to 18 times the mass of Earth (which is twice the size as what scientists use to think):

Jupiter’s rocky core bigger and icier, according to new simulation

“Jupiter has a rocky core that is more than twice as large as previously thought, according to computer calculations by a University of California, Berkeley, geophysicist who simulated conditions inside the planet on the scale of individual hydrogen and helium atoms.”

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