Close encounters of a tidal kind could lead to cracks on icy moons

Posted by on May 25, 2016 6:05 pm
Categories: Science

Researchers are offering a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto’s Charon, formed. Until now, it was thought that the cracks were the result of geodynamical processes, such as plate tectonics, but new models suggest that a close encounter with another body might have been the cause.

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