Extreme Volcanism: Image Captures one of the Brightest Volcanoes Ever Seen in the Solar System

Image of Io taken in the near-infrared with adaptive optics at the Gemini North telescope on August 29. In addition to the extremely bright eruption on the upper right limb of the satellite, the lava lake Loki is visible in the middle of Io’s disk, as well as the fading eruption that was detected earlier in the month by de Pater on the southern (bottom) limb. Io is about one arcsecond across.

Credit:

Katherine de Kleer/UC Berkeley/Gemini Observatory/AURA

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Id:gemini1405a
Type:Planetary
Release date:Aug. 1, 2014
Related releases:gemini1405
Size:434 x 479 px

About the Object

Name:Io (moon)
Category:Solar System

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