Monday, June 11, 2007

Io Eruption Shoots Debris 200 Miles High

We'll tell you what, if Pound360 were run by any more nerds than it already is, we would keep a blog dedicated strictly to the moons of our solar system. Part of the reason is that there are so many of them (172 as of this posting... go ahead, you can admit you didn't think there were more than a couple dozen), and some of them moons are a lot more active than some of the planets in this system.

For example, I just came across a series of pictures that show a massive ash eruption on Jupiter's moon, Io. The series was snapped by the New Horizon's probe as it speeds out to Pluto and the rest of the
Kuiper Belt. Check out the awesome pictures of Io's Tvashtar volcano erupting here. According to the New Horizon's site, that flurry extents 200 miles into space. Look closely at that pic and you'll see two other volcanoes (Masubi and Zal) going off, too.

When's the last time you heard of a volcano going off on Mars? How about Mercury? There is truly more to this little corner of the galaxy than nine --
er, eight -- planets.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.