In their search to find habitable worlds that may have housed alien life, scientists are investigating whether the moons of Uranus could have oceans concealed under their surface. Researchers conclude that, because of their similarity to Europe and Enceladus, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon, the five largest moons of Uranus, will be prime candidates for investigation. In our own solar system, Europa has long been seen as a potential candidate to have extraterrestrial life, but getting through the dense ice crust on its surface poses a challenge for scientists hoping to penetrate and better research the ocean.
These moons show proof of cryovolcanism, as liquid and vapor content that could be trapped under the surface escapes and is frozen by reaching space’s low temperatures. The major question here is: where does the solar system have a habitable environment? “A planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Benjamin Weiss, stated. Europa and Enceladus “make a lot of us wonder if there are many moons out there that, although they are small, may still be warm.” The scientists measured the intensity of the magnetic field of Uranus, and how that would affect any oceans below the surface of their moons-the same technique used by Nasa to confirm the existence of the ocean of Europa and also the one on one of the other moons of Jupiter, Callisto.