Thursday, February 3, 2011

Volcanic Io


Some space shots are done with infrared or ultraviolet settings, so the true color of the object is not revealed...and such pics I, typically, will not show. So, with this in mind, below is a photo of the closest of Jupiter's moons, Io (pronounced Eye-Oh...I don't name them, I just try to pronounce them :-) in its true yellow color, due to a high sulfur content. The friction from the gravity of Jupiter, as well as other large moons, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, tugs and pulls at the surface of this strangest of all planets, creating intense volcanic activity of molten looks like the moon is literally being turned inside out. Scratch it off of the list of potential habitable places... ;-)

Blessings, Don

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