Go Back   This Blue Marble, a Global Current Events Discussion Forum > Main Floor > Science Center > Space

Space The Final Frontier

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-16-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
A.T. Hagan
Your "Crazy Town" reporter
 
A.T. Hagan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: North/Central Florida
Posts: 12,357
Thanks: 2,564
Thanked 6,394 Times in 2,787 Posts
Default Possible subsurface ocean on Pluto

Pluto's cold heart could be hiding an OCEAN: Dwarf planet's strange spin points to a subsurface sea
Quote:
The dwarf planet's shape is overwhelmed by the weight of the growing pile of nitrogen ice
This causes its spin to change, creating tension and cracks in the ice at Pluto's surface
The existence of these cracks reveals that oceans could exist under the surface ice
Professor Brian Cox says that a subsurface ocean on Pluto could allow organic chemistry to thrive
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...rface-sea.html


The idea that Pluto has a subsurface ocean is not new, but the
study provides the most detailed investigation yet of its likely role
in the evolution of key features such as the vast, low-lying plain
known as Sputnik Planitia. Pictured is a detailed graphic of how
the subsurface ocean could have created the feature



Sputnik Planitia, the western lobe of Pluto’s icy “heart,” is a giant
basin that probably formed from a powerful impact northwest of its
present location. It reoriented to is current position near Pluto’s
equator



Sputnik Planitia, which forms one side of the famous heart-shaped
feature seen in the first New Horizons images, is suspiciously well
aligned with Pluto's tidal axis. The likelihood that this is just a
coincidence is only five per cent. The alignment suggests that extra
mass in that area interacted with tidal forces between Pluto and its
moon Charon


The prevailing theory is that where there is liquid water there may be life. On Pluto! Now, wouldn't that be interesting?
__________________
Chance favors the prepared mind.
A.T. Hagan is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to A.T. Hagan For This Useful Post:
Antropologo (11-16-2016), mordan (11-16-2016)
Reply

Tags
ocean, pluto, subsurface

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.