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First Friday Astronomy Event to Focus on Jupiter’s Moon

Europa, Jupiter’s Moon. Photo provided by NASA
Europa, Jupiter’s Moon. Photo provided by NASA

Jupiter, with a mass more than 300 times that of the Earth, is the largest planet in our solar system.

This month’s First Friday Astronomy Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 in the Education Building, room 112, will feature Samuel Howell from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory talking about Europa, a moon of Jupiter.

Europa is a geologically active and potentially habitable world. A thick ice shell protects its global ocean (20 times deeper than Earth’s) from the vacuum of space.

Howell will describe NASA’s Clipper mission to visit Europa, as well as potential avenues for future landed exploration and ocean access.

A visit to Boise State’s on-campus observatory will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.