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Major volcanic eruption seen on Jupiter's moon Io

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Voyager 1 acquired this image of Io on March 4, 1979. An enormous volcanic explosion can be seen silhouetted against dark space over Io

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I could be mistaken but I thought this moon was so active because of it's proximity to Jupiter. Basically Jupiter's gravity bends the crust of the moon similar to how our moon affects our tides. This friction makes it very hot and the moon will never cool and will continue to have enormous volcanic activity.

 

I may be wrong on which moon this applies to but I thought it was this one.

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"It is a very energetic eruption that covers over a 30 square kilometer area," she said. "For Earth, that is big, and for Io it is very big too. It really is one of the biggest eruptions we have seen."

 

I sure am glad this isn't happening on earth. That is huge.

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Yeah that's nuts. Amazing though.

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I could be mistaken but I thought this moon was so active because of it's proximity to Jupiter.

 

Most of Jupiter's large moons are affected by this.

 

Europa is the one which has a frozen crust which scientists claim has a liquid water ocean under from the orbit stretching and compressing it like an egg shape causing friction to heat the core.

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Most of Jupiter's large moons are affected by this.

 

Europa is the one which has a frozen crust which scientists claim has a liquid water ocean under from the orbit stretching and compressing it like an egg shape causing friction to heat the core.

 

Europa movie FTW!

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And a lot of scientists & biologists think life could exist in the Europan ocean. Most likely similar to the life forms around the thermal vents in Earth's ocean floors. These live off of each other with chemosynthetic bacteria at the bottom of the food chain.
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Could this be a squel to "The Day After Tomorrow"

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