Astronomers recently revealed what could be the most detailed images from two of Jupiter’s famous moons that were taken from the Earth’s surface in a story from Space.com.
Jupiter’s Galilean Moons
The images show the icy surfaces as well as the specifics of the chemical processes. These are processes that compose the chemical makeup of Europa. Furthermore, Ganymede which comprise the other half of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons. These moons were named in honour of the astronomers who saw the moons for the first time.
The latest images are taken using VLT Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. They are designed to set the stage for space missions to come. Hence, which will concentrate on the planets in question. According to the scientists.
The highly precise images shows the geological properties. These are the characteristic of both freeze-dried Jovian moons. For instance, the slash-like, long rift that runs across the surface of Europa. That is known to planet scientists as “linae.”
The amount of light reflections from the icy surface of moons. Obviously, can be measured through studies of Europa. Which is about the size of moon of Earth. As well as Ganymede is the biggest moon of the Solar System. Apart from this, it is larger than Mercury.
Astronomers can make use of a process known as spectroscopy. Hence, to examine the spectrum of reflectance created by this procedure and to reveal chemicals. The “fingerprints” of particular components according to Space.com.
Scientists were able identify their chemical makeup of the two Jovian moons by using reflectance spectrum. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system & is the fifth planet from the Sun. Obviously, Jupiter comes after Earth on 3rd position & Mars placed on the 4th. The nearest one being planet Mercury whilst the 2nd is Venus.