APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

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APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:09 am

Image Wright Mons on Pluto

Explanation: Long shadows are cast by a low Sun across this rugged looking terrain. Captured by New Horizons, the scene is found just south of the southern tip Sputnik Planum, the informally named smooth, bright heart region of Pluto. Centered is a feature provisionally known as Wright Mons, a broad, tall mountain, about 150 kilometers across and 4 kilometers high, with a 56 kilometer wide, deep summit depression. Of course, broad mountains with central craters are found elsewhere in the Solar System, like Mauna Loa on planet Earth and Olympus Mons on Mars. In fact, New Horizons scientists announced the striking similarity of Pluto's Wright Mons, and nearby Piccard Mons, to large shield volcanoes strongly suggests the two could be giant cryovolcanoes that once erupted molten ice from the interior of the cold, distant world.

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by Joel Merrill » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:28 am

"Molten ice"??? Wouldn't that be a liquid of some type? :wink:

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by Ann » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:32 am

How fascinating! Just yesterday, I read about it here.

The more we learn about Pluto, the more fascinating it becomes. I can't help thinking about Titan, where the jury is still out about cryovolcanoes.

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by geckzilla » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:44 am

Joel Merrill wrote:"Molten ice"??? Wouldn't that be a liquid of some type? :wink:
Yes, probably, but the more specific reason for how it got to be in that liquid form is also included by using molten ice rather than simply liquid. One implies a kind of geological process while the other is not specific at all.
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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:56 am

Joel Merrill wrote:"Molten ice"??? Wouldn't that be a liquid of some type? :wink:
Not necessarily. Depending on the pressures, temperatures, and constituents, molten ice could be a fluid but not a liquid.
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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by neufer » Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:18 am

geckzilla wrote:
Joel Merrill wrote:
"Molten ice"??? Wouldn't that be a liquid of some type? :wink:
Yes, probably, but the more specific reason for how it got to be in that liquid form is also included by using molten ice rather than simply liquid. One implies a kind of geological process while the other is not specific at all.
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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by ceelias » Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:44 am

I know there are dimensions of several features, but can a scale or resolution be provided? I'm interested in the size of the smallest objects visible. Thanks.

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by paulslittlebit » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:47 pm

ceelias wrote:I know there are dimensions of several features, but can a scale or resolution be provided? I'm interested in the size of the smallest objects visible. Thanks.
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20155

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by Joel Merrill » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:17 pm

Joel Merrill wrote:"Molten ice"??? Wouldn't that be a liquid of some type? :wink:
This was not a serious question. The words, "molten ice" just struck me as funny at the moment. I am just amazed at the complexity of Pluto. Who would have thought it would be so interesting. It also amazes me that we have been able to do this. I grew up during the space race. I remember when just sending a rocket into space was very experimental. I remember when space stations were science fiction. I have had this "Astronomy Picture of the Day" set as my home page for at least 15 years. It's the first thing I see when I log on every day. Fascinating.

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by geckzilla » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:24 pm

Joel Merrill wrote:
Joel Merrill wrote:"Molten ice"??? Wouldn't that be a liquid of some type? :wink:
This was not a serious question. The words, "molten ice" just struck me as funny at the moment.
It was a good question, though.
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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by quigley » Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:48 pm

Any speculation as to what created the vertical "fault-line" just right of center? Also, the mountain and surrounding area seems to have a finely pocked texture, especially in the area of the image northwest of the "mountain". What causes this?

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by old dude » Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:05 am

Looks very dangerous and angry. :shock:

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by neufer » Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:26 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_%281946_film%29 wrote:

<<La Belle et la Bête is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1757. Directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais. The plot of Cocteau's film revolves around Belle's father who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from Beast's garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father's place. Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family and telling her that if she doesn't return to him within a week, he will die of grief.>>
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Looks very dangerous and angry. :shock:
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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by old dude » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:24 pm

Getting scarier and scarier, they are obviously related. :evil:

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Re: APOD: Wright Mons on Pluto (2015 Nov 14)

Post by neufer » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:36 pm

old dude wrote:
Getting scarier and scarier, they are obviously related. :evil:
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