NASA's Juno Captures Two Active Volcanic Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Io

The NASA spacecraft Juno has captured two active volcanic plumes on Jupiter's moon Io. The spacecraft captured images of the moon's surface, which is covered in volcanoes, during its recent flyby. The photographs show two volcanic eruptions on the moon, which could provide insight into how the moon's volcanic activity affects its atmosphere.

The photos were captured by Juno's camera, called JunoCam, which is a color, high-resolution camera that is specifically designed to capture the moon's surface. The camera is led by scientists at the Southwest Research Institute and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The two plumes, which were captured on Jan. 11, are located on the moon's southern hemisphere. The tallest of the two plumes is around 250 miles (400 kilometers) tall, while the other one is around 160 miles (250 kilometers) tall. They are both located about 400 miles (650 kilometers) apart.

According to NASA, it's the first time that an spacecraft has captured two plumes that are active at the same time. The agency believes that the plumes could provide more insight into how the moon's volcanic activity affects its atmosphere.

The photos were released by NASA on Feb. 7, and they have since gone viral on social media. Many people are excited about the photos, as they provide a glimpse into the moon's volcanic activity.

The spacecraft was launched in 2011 and has been studying the solar system's largest planet since 2016. It has been capturing images of the planet and its moons, and providing valuable information about their atmosphere.

The spacecraft is currently in orbit around the planet, and it will continue to study it for the next few years.

You can learn more about the spacecraft and its discoveries on the NASA website.

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