posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 05:35 PM
Pluto now found to have Larger atmosphere than previously thought
Ok so now they have found that pluto has a large poisonous carbon monoxide Atmosphere; This is going to get interesting.
The Height of Plutos Atmosphere is now thought to extend to 3000 kilometres above the surface
This is interesting since Plutos Radius is only around 1150 + or - 10 kilometres.
The atmosphere of Pluto was known to extend more than 60 miles (about 100 kilometers) above the surface, the researchers said, but the new findings
raise that height to more than 1,860 miles (3,000 km) — equivalent to a quarter of the distance out to Pluto's largest moon, Charon.
So does this mean Pluto may appear as a mini gaseous Planets? Depends on how thick the atmosphere is i'd surmise
"The change in brightness over the last decade is startling. We think the atmosphere may have grown in size, or the carbon monoxide abundance may have
" Fluctuations in the atmosphere have been seen before, but only in the lower atmosphere, where methane — the only other gas to be positively
identified — has also been seen to vary, the researchers said.
The atmospheric gases are likely the result of solar heating of Pluto's surface ice, which evaporates due to the slightly higher temperatures
experienced during this period. In 1989 Pluto made its closest approach to the sun, which is considered a relatively recent event, considering that it
takes the planet 248 years to complete one orbit around the sun.
Pluto's resulting atmosphere is probably the most fragile in our solar system, the researchers said, with the top layers blowing off into the
I can't wait for the New Horizons Craft that will reach Pluto in July Of 2015
Its a shame the New Horizons craft won't be able to orbit Pluto its only doing a fly-by!
Interesting times ahead guys this is why i love space; so many new things to explore and learn!
The Atmosphere may be temporary as well they are saying it could be related to the changes in brightness they are witnessing interesting
The newly discovered carbon monoxide could play a key role in slowing the loss of Pluto's atmosphere. But, if the chilling effect is too great, it
could result in nitrogen snowfalls and all the gases freezing on the ground, the researchers said.
So its snowing Nitrogen on Pluto?
Interesting so they also stated in the article the atmosphere is probably mostly nitrogen with some carbon monoxide and methane.
Artists Impression Of Pluto Surface View
Pluto Picture from Hubble
edit on 19-4-2011 by XRaDiiX because: (no reason given)