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Where are Io’s volcanoes?

By Staff, The Space Reporter
Saturday, April 06, 2013

The strange location of Io’s volcanoes leaves astronomers puzzled

Proving that the galaxy never ceases to surprise us, a study published in January’s Earth and Planetary Science Letters claims that hundreds of volcanoes on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Io have somehow shifted.

Conducted by NASA and the ESA, the study was spearheaded by Christopher Hamilton, who serves as an Earth and planetary scientist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Having studied how patterns of volcanoes aid in the exploration of a planet or moon’s internal design, Hamilton sought to apply the same idea to Io by mapping the moon’s surface with data from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft. The results were unexpected.

“Our analysis supports the prevailing view that most of the heat is generated in the asthenosphere, but we found that volcanic activity is located 30 to 60 degrees East from where we expect it to be,” said Hamilton.


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Apr. 6th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
Well, THAT's some hot science!
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