'Extraordinary' waves from Jupiter's moon Ganymede spotted
Intense electromagnetic waves coming from Jupiter's moon Ganymede
Scientists have spotted 'extraordinary,' intense waves coming out of Jupiter 9;s moon Ganymede. The 'chorus waves' are a million times more powerful than they are on Earth, and could have disastrous effects on spacecraft.
Scientists have observed âextraordinaryâ waves coming out of Jupiterâs moon Ganymede.
The electromagnetic waves, also known as âchorus waves,â were spotted using the Galileo Probe spacecraft, which has a mission of surveying Jupiterâs wave environment.
âIt's a really surprising and puzzling observation showing that a moon with a magnetic field can create such a tremendous intensification in the power of waves,â Yuri Shprits, the lead author of the study, told the Independent.
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The British publication reports that the waves seem to be partly caused by Jupiterâs intense magnetic field, which is the solar systemâs strongest.
One of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede, is seen above. (NOAA)
Jupiterâs moon Ganymede has long fascinated astronomersâ"as it is the largest of the planetâs moons, even larger than the planet Mercury, and is believed to have an interior ocean.
âChorus waves have been detected in space around the Earth but they are nowhere near as strong as the waves at Jupiter," Richard Horne of British Antarctic Survey, a co-author on the study, told the Independent.
Ganymede has long fascinated astronomersâ"as it is the largest of Jupiter's many moons, even larger than the planet Mercury, and is believed to have an interior ocean.
âEven if a small portion of these waves escapes the immediate vicinity of Ganymede, they will be capable of accelerating particles to very high energies and ultimately producing very fast electrons inside Jupiter's magnetic field,â Horne added.
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