Extraterrestrial Cycloids - Why Are They on Europa? ─ minutephysics

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,


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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