The photo taken with an infrared camera from NASA’s Juno spacecraft shows a celestial body filled with dozens of giant volcanoes of glowing lava.
According to Scientific alertthe celestial body in the newly released image is Io, the “volcanic moon” of Jupiter. Io, along with Ganymede, Europa and Calisto, are the four largest moons of this planet, discovered by the famous scientist Galileo Galilei at the beginning of the 17th century.
The volcanic moon Io in the last image
The volcanic moon Io in the last image – (Photo: JUNO/NASA)
The photo just released by NASA shows a red Io glowing under infrared light, with bright yellow spots and streaks, which are glowing volcanic lava flows.
According to the head of Juno’s executive team, NASA astronomer Scott Bolton, Io has hundreds of volcanoes, particularly dense in the two polar regions. It is said The most volcanic body in the solar system.
The newly released image is based on data from the Juno spacecraft on July 5. This NASA Jupiter Explorer will also fly past the volcanic moon Io again on December 15, the first of nine flybys NASA has planned over the next half year.
Scientists hope to collect more data on Io’s volcanoes as well as its magnetosphere, which plays an important role in the formation of Jupiter’s northern lights. A magnetosphere as strong as Io has is very rare for planetary moons.
Io is named after the beautiful goddess Io of Greek mythology, who was loved by the sky lord Zeus and had a child with him. Jupiter – the international name for Jupiter – is the name of Zeus in Roman mythology.
Data collected by the Juno space probe will provide information to scientists to prepare for future missions to explore Jupiter and its giant moons in detail. The closest will be the Clipper mission in preparation, with the mission of finding traces of life on the moon Europa.
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The photo taken with an infrared camera from NASA’s Juno spacecraft shows a celestial body filled with dozens of giant volcanoes with glowing lava. According to science…