Water discovery opens up the possibility of life on the planet Jupiter
With the help of two advanced telescopes, scientists discovered that there is water in Jupiter is the Great Red Spot. This means that the possibility of life ‘can not be completely excluded,” said the researchers.
In a stunning scientific discovery, researchers have found water clouds inside of Jupiter is the Great Red Spot, raising the prospect that life could exist on the planet.
Jupiter is the Great Red Spot, a storm that has been continuously observed since 1830 and is still a mystery for NASA and much of the scientific community, but the discovery of water, clouds can lead to a greater understanding of the planet, the atmosphere, and whether it ever held life, Clemson University astrophysicist Máté Ádámkovics said.
“Water can play a crucial role in Jupiter’s dynamic weather system, so this will help to advance our understanding of what makes the atmosphere of the planet is so turbulent,” Ádámkovics said in a statement.
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Ádámkovics was quick to warn that, while the presence of water in the solar system the largest planet is promising, that does not mean that it is a precursor for life. “And, finally, where the potential for liquid water, the possibility of life can not be completely excluded. So, although it seems very unlikely, life on Jupiter is not beyond the reach of our imagination,” he added.
In the past, NASA has said that the planet “environment is probably not conducive to life as we know it,” but did add that one of the larger moons, Europa, is “one of the likeliest places to find life elsewhere in our solar system.”
The research team used the iSHELL on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the Near-Infrared Spectograph on the Keck 2 telescope out of the water, the use of radiation data collected from the instruments.
The level of the water on the planet is somewhat surprising, though perhaps not excessive, having regard to the size of Jupiter. Ádámkovics noted that “Jupiter was a gas giant that contains more than twice the mass of all other planets together”, so when combined with the fact that the atmosphere is a mixture of hydrogen and helium, has many times more water than we are here on Earth.”
In addition, Jupiter has 79 moons usually consists of ice cream, including the aforementioned Europa and Ganymede, where scientists recently discovered “extraordinary” electromagnetic waves known as “chorus waves” coming from the satellite.
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Eventually, researchers hope to learn how much water on the planet and what role it plays, outside of the potential for are of crucial importance for the life.
“Water can play a crucial role in Jupiter’s dynamic weather system, so this will help to advance our understanding of what makes the atmosphere of the planet is so turbulent,” Ádámkovics added.
The team of the Clemson used specially designed software to the data they were given, said undergraduate student Rachel Conway, who is involved in the university Creative Research program.
“When I initially began, I started with the run of the data. The code was already written and I was just connecting it to new data, and the generation of output files,” he said. “But when I began to recover from failures, and learning more about what is going on. I am interested in everything that exists, and thus to learn more about what we do not know is always cool.”
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In the fall, the project will move from the analysis of only the Great Red Spot is large enough for two or three Worlds – and to the entire planet, Ádámkovics said.
The study is published in the Astronomical Journal.
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