Scientists say they 'can't rule out' alien life on Jupiter after new discovery

The discovery of water in Jupiter's Great Red Spot suggests the possibility of alien life.
By Tyler MacDonald | Sep 02, 2018
A team of researchers just discovered water clouds in Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Following the discovery, scientists say they "can't rule out" alien life on the planet.

"Water may play a critical role in Jupiter's dynamic weather patterns, so this will help advance our understanding of what makes the planet's atmosphere so turbulent," said astrophysicist Mt dmkovics.

However, dmkovics cautions that the presence of water on Jupiter doesn't mean it is a precursor to life.

"And, finally, where there's the potential for liquid water, the possibility of life cannot be completely ruled out," he said. "So, though it appears very unlikely, life on Jupiter is not beyond the range of our imaginations."

The team hopes to eventually learn just how much water is on the planet and the role it plays.

"Water may play a critical role in Jupiter's dynamic weather patterns, so this will help advance our understanding of what makes the planet's atmosphere so turbulent," dmkovics said.

The research team made the discovery using specially designed software to analyze data obtained from Jupiter.

"When I initially began, I started by running the data through. The code was already written and I was just plugging in new data sets and generating output files," said researcher Rachel Conway. "But then I began fixing errors and learning more about what was actually going on. I'm interested in everything and anything that's out there, so learning more about what we don't know is always cool."

The findings were published in the Astronomical Journal.

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