NASA Husble Space Telescope Comparison Images of Io Reveal New Information About Surface Composition and Variability

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A visible-light image of the geologically active trailing hemisphere of the Jovian moonIo, taken on March 15 1992, when Io was 414 million miles (666 kilometrs) from Earth. HSTresolves features as small as 150 miles (241 kilometrs) across.

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An ultraviolet light (UV) picture of the same hemisphere show's Io's surface. Regions which look bright In visible light are dark in UV. The most likely explanation is that large areas of Io are covered with a sulfur dioxide frost. Because sulfur dioxide is a strong absorber of UV radiation sulfur dioxide-rich areas are dark in the UV though they are bright in visible light.


Francesco Paresce (ESAI STScI)Paola Sartoretti, University of Padova

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Release date:2 October 1992, 05:00
Size:2400 x 2964 px

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Type:Solar System : Planet : Satellite
Category:Solar System

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