They say that the human eye is very good at detecting patterns. When the first high resolution mosaic images of the full disk of Pluto were released I got a strong impression that there were a series of diagonal but parallel lines across it. The impression is particularly strong in this collection of the individual […]Read more "Pluto’s Subtle Global Stripes: Key to Charon’s Origin"
1. The movement of soft ices in convection cells is carrying warm ice onto Pluto’s surface. This ice evaporates while moving to the edge of each cell, supplying Pluto’s atmosphere with nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. At the edge of each cell the soft ice, now cold, is subducted back into Pluto’s interior. The methane […]Read more "Pluto: The Big Picture – Convection, Evaporation, Flooding, Global Banding & Rotational Fission"