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New Hotspot on ‘Io’ likely to be a previously undiscovered Volcano

Data collected by NASA’s Juno spacecraft points to a new heat source on Jupiter’s moon Io which could indicate a previously undiscovered VOLCANO.

“The new Io hotspot is about 200 miles (300 kilometers) from the nearest previously mapped hotspot,” said Alessandro Mura, a Juno co-investigator from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome.

“We are not ruling out movement or modification of a previously discovered hot spot, but it is difficult to imagine one could travel such a distance and still be considered the same feature.”

Io orbits deep within Jupiter’s giant magnetosphere.

IO and Juno

With signs of volcanic activity increasing here on Earth, this recent discovery by NASA could also indicate an uptick in our solar system as a whole.

As we enter the Grand Solar Minimum and magnetosphere’s wain due to a weakening sun, the extra incoming Cosmic Rays will excite silica-rich magma on planets and moons other than our own.

Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system, perhaps making it the best barometer for gauging changes in volcanic activity during the GSM.

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