Signs of an ocean — and life — on Jupiter’s Europa? Watch live


Jupiter’s north pole is seen in an image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft taken August 27, 2016.

NASA will hold a live teleconference Monday afternoon to unveil what agency officials call “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.

The teleconference, announcing the discoveries by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope, will be streamed live by NASA beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The moon’s activity, even the possibility of some life form, could be tied to what many experts believe is Europa’s subsurface ocean, according to past NASA releases.

NASA’s $ 1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around the planet in July on a 20-month mission to learn more about how the gas giant formed, and to probe the origins of the solar system.

NASA announced last year that it intends to send a robotic spacecraft, equipped with scientific instruments, to circle Europa in the 2020s.

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