Scientists made new measurements and found out that Europa and Enceladus, two moons of Jupiter and Saturn, respectively, might have powerful Earth-like tidal waves. As these two moons have thick ice sheets covering vast oceans of liquid water, astronomers are not entirely sure that Europa and Enceladus have tidal waves indeed, but given the powerful gravitational pulls of Jupiter and Saturn, new calculations indicate to that fact. Also, the existence of Earth-like tidal waves could increase the possibility of finding alien life on either of the two moons.
Europa is already one of the best candidates for the search of extraterrestrial life within our Solar System. Enceladus is also one of the space objects in our planetary system that might house.
“I can imagine organisms anchored to the sea floor or the ice benefiting from these waves. If these standing waves do occur, maybe these spots where they focus are also focal points for life,” said Steven Vance from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Moons Of Jupiter and Saturn, Europa and Enceladus, Present Earth-Like Tidal Waves
The new study, published in journal Icarus, was conducted by the researchers at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. The scientists calculated that the massive gravitational pull from Jupiter and Saturn, the largest planets of our Solar System, might affect the liquid water oceans beneath the thick ice sheets of Europa and Enceladus.
Accordingly, the gravitational pulls from Jupiter and Saturn could indeed cause Earth-like tidal waves on Europa and Enceladus, two of the before-mentioned planets’ moons.
For a long time now, scientists have been interested in the liquid water oceans that might exist beneath the thick ice sheets the cover Europa, a Jupiter’s natural satellite, and Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn. According to them, these liquid water oceans might house alien life. Now, with the possibility of Earth-like tidal waves on the two moons of Jupiter and Saturn, there are higher chances for finding extraterrestrial life out there.
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