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Extraterrestrial Cycloids - Why Are They on Europa?

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Published on Jun 26, 2018

Thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Space Telescope Science Institute for supporting this video.

This video is about the cycloid curves on Jupiter's moon Europa - they're ridges or valleys in the icy surface that formed due to some sort of geological or tectonic-esque phenomenon. The answer involves ping pong balls, the pacific ring of fire, subduction, tidal bulges, and tailcracking,

REFERENCES

Europa image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...

Europa “google maps” explorere: https://www.mapaplanet.org/explorer-b...

Cycloid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloid

Formation of Europa cycloid cracks: http://pirlwww.lpl.arizona.edu/HIIPS/...

Smashed ping pong ball: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/2...

Dented ping pong balls: http://www.katharine-yi.com/uploads/1...

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