One of Jupiter’s 79 moons has magnetic waves – and they are incredibly powerful

Jupiter and one of its moons Io, while one of Jupiter’s other moons has been found to have unusual properties.
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Jupiter has 79 moons.

Yes, that is a lot of moons and the figure includes 12 that were discovered earlier this year.

53 are named and confirmed, but there remains the mysterious 26 moons. From what we do know, some of them are truly fascinating.

Take Io for example, one of Jupiter’s moons also has hundreds of volcanoes on its surface, with several of them erupting lava several kilometres into the sky.

One of the other moons named Ganymede is of particular interest, as new research has revealed that it also has the capability to create powerful magnetic waves that rocket particles to enormous energies.

Scientists were studying old data from NASA spacecraft Galileo, which orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003, when they made the new discovery, Gizmodo reported.

Jupiter is commonly known as the largest planet in our solar system, but a little known fact is that it is also 20,000 times more magnetic than Earth.

It’s magnetic “powers” may have also extended to Ganymede, as when scientists analysed Galileo’s recordings of the strength of electromagnetic waves observed in the area around Jupiter, the height of the wave spiked a million times more than normal.

Usually, these waves around Jupiter have an amplitude a little higher than that of the magnetic field produced by the human brain, but the levels that were found near Ganymede were akin to a tsunami as opposed to regular ocean waves.

Jupiter also has a moon named Europa which some think may be possible to host life, but with the new discovery about the “magnet-planet”, the plot surrounding the remaining unconfirmed moons continues to thicken.