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September 26, 2016 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2016-33

NASA's Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa


Image: Photo Composite of Suspected Water Plumes on Europa

Photo Composite of Suspected Water Plumes on EuropaSTScI-PRC2016-33a

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This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapor erupting at the 7 o'clock position off the limb of Jupiter's moon Europa. The plumes, photographed by NASA's Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Hubble's ultraviolet sensitivity allowed for the features, rising over 100 miles above Europa's icy surface, to be discerned. The water is believed to come from a subsurface ocean on Europa. The Hubble data were taken on January 26, 2014. The image of Europa, superimposed on the Hubble data, is assembled from data from the Galileo and Voyager missions.

Object Name: Europa

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Sparks (STScI), and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center


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