Jupiter's Moon Io Was Rocked By 3 Massive Volcanoes Last August

August 5, 2014 6:08 AM

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Jupiter's Moon Io Was Rocked By 3 Massive Volcanoes Last August

Jupiter's moon Io, which is considered to be the most geologically active object in the solar system with more than 400 active volcanoes, was rocked by three massive volcanic eruptions within a two-week period in August last year, NASA announced Monday. The three bright eruptions reportedly followed each other closely surprising scientists who had only expected to see a single huge outburst every year or two.

According to the scientists, Io’s extreme geologic activity is the result of tidal heating caused by friction generated within the moon’s interior as it is pulled between Jupiter and the planet's other Galilean moons, including Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. The latest discovery of three volcanic er...

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