Glaciers on Pluto might ‘grow’ with the seasons


This image from New Horizons shows the dwarf planet Pluto in stunning detail.  (Image credit: NASA)

Methane and nitrogen glaciers on Pluto expand and “grow” in response to temperature changes on the dwarf planet, new research suggests.

When NASA’s New Horizons probe flew by Pluto five years ago, it spotted glaciers made of solid methane and nitrogen on the icy dwarf planet’s surface. In a new study, inspired by the stunning images the spacecraft snapped of Pluto’s icy mountain peaks, scientists provide evidence that the grains of methane and nitrogen in the dwarf planet’s glaciers move as temperatures rise, indicating that the glaciers might expand and grow as things warm up. 

Latest articles

Nvidia’s RTX Voice app was great, and its Broadcast successor is now available

Earlier this year, Nvidia released RTX Voice, a beta software to process audio and suppress almost all background noise, and it...

The new TikTok-Oracle company named ‘TikTok Global’ plans to go public in a year

The new U.S. company that TikTok’s owner Bytedance Ltd. plans to form with Oracle Corp. intends to hold an initial public offering in...

Keith Urban Returns With ‘The Speed of Now Part 1’: Stream It Now

Keith Urban’s life is so busy, his albums drop in stages. Just 24 hours after hosting the ACM Awards, the Australian country star drops...

Crackdown on QAnon conspiracy content is working, Twitter says

Twitter said Thursday it has reduced impressions on QAnon-related tweets by more than 50 per cent through its "work to deamplify content and accounts"...

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here