The icy moon of Jupiter, Europa, is the subject of NASA’s latest image. One of the images shows the moon being covered in a bright, frosty blue glow. The image focuses on the “night side” of the moon, the part that faces away from the sun, revealing what its glow might look like as a result of the radiation coming from Jupiter.
Europa, as NASA explains, is exposed to high-energy radiation. The salty ice surface over Europe is exposed to radiation and glows as a result of the release of energy as visible light. This part is not surprising, According to NASA.
It reveals the latest work Que This glow may appear to be influencing the formation of the surface of Europe. The researchers found that different ice compositions would lead to differences in glow, something described as a surprising coincidence.
“Seeing a saline solution of sodium chloride with a much lower level of glow was the ‘aha’ moment that changed the course of the research,” explained co-author of the new study Fred Pittman. The glow from the radiation means that Europe looks very different from our moon, emitting a continuous glow, including on the “night side”.
Europa is one of the many celestial bodies that have attracted the attention of Earth scientists. In the next few years, NASA plans to launch a mission called Europa Clipper that will orbit Jupiter and conduct several flights near Europa. Experts are currently evaluating whether the spacecraft’s instruments will be able to detect the moon’s glow.