Pluto as a cosmic lava lamp: Giant convective cells continually refresh dwarf planet’s icy heart

Posted by on June 6, 2016 1:55 pm
Categories: Science

Using computer models, New Horizons team members have been able to determine the depth of the layer of solid nitrogen ice within Pluto’s distinctive ‘heart’ feature — a large plain informally known as Sputnik Planum — and how fast that ice is flowing.

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