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Finding life on Europa?

  • 14 Sep 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Gregory Place, Level1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill, Qld, 4000

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Map Group Event

Presenter:   Keith Treschman, Map Group and RGSQ Member

Topic Overview: Firstly seen by Galileo in 1610, Europa is one of the moons of Jupiter visible through binoculars. Its interesting surface has been mapped by the spacecrafts Galileo and Juno. The findings will be described.

Magnetometer readings have suggested that Europa has a subsurface ocean of salty liquid water, 3 times that of Earth, even though it is smaller than our Moon. Data have suggested that below this is a source of thermal plumes similar to Earth’s mid-ocean ridges where life exists. Europa Clipper is planned for launch by NASA in 2024 to investigate further whether the conditions on Europa might support life.

Event Requirements:  This event will be conducted in keeping with Health Department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue at the time of the event.

Costs:  $2:00 contribution towards morning tea

Limit: 40.  Registration on the website required.

Coordinator:  Kay Rees




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