Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere
J Thoendell stashed this in Space
PLUTO HAS A problem: Its thin, nitrogen atmosphere shouldn’t be there. Ultraviolet rays from the sun should have knocked it away, molecule by molecule, in the dwarf planet’s first few thousand years. Four billion years later, Pluto’s atmosphere is still there, a gauzy interplanetary mystery.
Okay, it’s really scientists who have the problem, because it’s not like there are nitrogen-breathing Plutonians down there pacing worriedly over impending suffocation. Right, NASA? Right?!? No, all worrying has been purely academic, expressed in papers like the one published earlier this month by a pair of New Horizons scientists who examined the trio of prevailing theories behind the atmosphere’s perplexing replenishment.
This is actually a fascinating read. Pluto is so different from the other planets in our solar system.
Feels like it's a goldmine of insights waiting to be learned.
Actually it's the case for every planet and moon, they all are full of fascinating things.
And now we have over 2000 exoplanets too, some might be rocky, so much things to discover!