Birth of Jupiter’s largest moons

There is always a new discovery in space as astronauts are working hard to join different pieces to form a complete puzzle. The recent discovery is the birth or inventory of Jupiter’s largest moons which a new study shows Saturn might have played a major role in.

The discovery that was released recently will clear things about whether the potentially habitable giant moons are in any way able to form around alien planets. The search conducted by the researchers will also be able to reveal more about the giant habitable moons.

The well known Jupiter’s four largest moons are identified as Europa, Ganymede, Io, and Callisto. These giant moons are also identified as Galilean moons. They have been named after the man who discovered them (Galileo Galilei) in 1610. All the four moons are larger than Pluto, Ganymede being the biggest in the solar system. Ganymede is bigger than Mercury.

Prior work suggested that Callisto and Ganymede have a likelihood of harboring oceans of water under their icy crusts. According to many scientists, there is a very high likelihood of getting a life where there is water. For that reason, it is believed the four moons are potentially habitable because of the oceans of water under their icy crust. This has left scientists with some work of investigating whether the moons that are not in the solar system are able to harbor life.

Although there have been a lot of speculations of where the Galilean moons resulted from, it is certain that it coalesced from a floppy of mass that was surrounding Jupiter in the last stages of its formation. The source of the building blocks of the said disks has however not been established until now. It has also not been established how they came to surround this planet.

A specific prior work and a report released by researchers indicate that Saturn might have played a role in the formation of the Galilean moons. The unveiling of the major role played by Saturn in delivering these building blocks was an exciting experience. This is according to Thomas Ronnet who is a study lead author and an Aix Marseille University’s astrophysicists.

The study of the Birth of Jupiter’s giant moons is an exciting study not only to the scientist and the researchers alone but to every individual who have a great interest in understanding the mystery behind it. They also try to explain the reasons why Galilean moons’ have a diverse composition and yet they have the same pool.