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Jupiter’s moon, Europe, glows in the dark because of the radiation

Many speeches have been written about moonlight and the brightness of our moon, from science to literature, but there is another moon in the universe, whose beauty may soon be common. The moon of Jupiter (Jupiter) is Europa (Europa). Scientists have done several laboratory experiments to learn more about the environment of this moon filled with ice and oceans. Jupiter ejects a large amount of high-energy radiation to the surface of Europe. Due to their impact on the surface, Europa glows even in the dark, causing a very nice view. (All photos: NASA)

Somewhere green, somewhere white …

Research by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has revealed this in detail. The radiation from Jupiter has a different effect on the elements existing over Europe, causing a different luminosity. In some places it looks green, blue and white and the brightness varies. Scientists have divided light into different wavelengths using spectrometers. Elements in ice can be detected based on each spectrum.

Is there life on Europa?

Murti Gudapati, the lead scientist for this research, said she can also explore the possibilities of life on Europa. In fact, Europa has a large amount of internal ocean which occurs as ice on the surface. From the surface research, scientists can do more in-depth research on the items below. The special thing is that this is usually done using sunlight, but in the new results it was discovered how Europa glows in the dark.

Is it on the surface?

Scientists have found that Europa’s surface can be made up of ice and magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) and sodium chloride (table salt), based on previous experiments. New research has found that under ice-like conditions, these salts and radiation in the snow create a glow. The brightness was also different when experimenting with different ice compositions. NASA is now ready to send its mission to Europa Clipper in the 2020s. With this help, radiation will be studied on the surface of Europe.

Outside of our moon

For this, the JPL team prepared the ice chamber for the High Energy Electron and Radiation Environment (ICE-HEART) testing in Europe. He was brought to the Maryland High Energy Electron Beam Facility and attempted to see how the radiation would affect organic matter under the ice of Europe. During this time, it was found that different luminosities were observed at different ice compositions. The difference between our moon and Jupiter’s moon is that our moon shines with sunlight. So when there is no sun it stays in the dark but due to the radiation Europa glows in the dark.

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