Friday, April 4, 2014

The moon Io in true color

Image Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day - Explanation: "The strangest moon in the Solar System is bright yellow. This picture, an attempt to show how Io would appear in the "true colors" perceptible to the average human eye, was taken in 1999 July by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003. Io's colors derive from sulfur and molten silicate rock. 

The unusual surface of Io is kept very young by its system of active volcanoes. The intense tidal gravity of Jupiter stretches Io and damps wobbles caused by Jupiter's other Galilean moons. The resulting friction greatly heats Io's interior, causing molten rock to explode through the surface. 

Io's volcanoes are so active that they are effectively turning the whole moon inside out. Some of Io's volcanic lava is so hot it glows in the dark." - NASA


axinosp said...

What is the real color of Earths Moon ??

Laron said...

I would say grey, going by the color of the sand there, but that may just be based upon the light shining down onto the moon.