December 27, 2013

Just South of Europa, it Gets Kind of Humid

One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes seems a bit excited about a recent discovery by NASA.

"It's just a water vapor cloud..BUT IT'S IN SPAAACE!!!"

While examining an aurora near Europa's  south pole, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered that it is associated with a faint cloud of water vapor, presumably venting from cryo-volcanoes on Europa that have plumes 201 kilometers high.

It seems likely that the 'cloud' deposits snow on Europa's south pole. NASA scientists take the plumes as further evidence that Europa is home to a vast subterranean ocean.

via NBF

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 02:43 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Well, at least they're not gaseous emissions near Uranus...

Posted by: Siergen at Fri Dec 27 16:36:02 2013 (c2+vA)

2 Well, we are three years behind on getting out there and encountering the Monolith; it's getting bored and trying to get our attention.

Posted by: JP Gibb at Fri Dec 27 21:24:25 2013 (VSD03)

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