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Io's Pele hemisphere after Pillan changes

Io's Pele hemisphere after Pillan changes


Date: 17 January 1999
Satellite: Galileo
Depicts: Io
Copyright: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

This global view of Jupiter's moon, Io, was obtained during the tenth orbit of Jupiter by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Io, which is slightly larger than Earth's Moon, is the most volcanically active body in the Solar System. In this enhanced colour composite, deposits of sulphur dioxide frost appear in white and grey hues while yellowish and brownish hues are probably due to other sulphurous materials. Bright red materials, such as the prominent ring surrounding Pele, and "black" spots with low brightness mark areas of recent volcanic activity and are usually associated with high temperatures and surface changes. One of the most dramatic changes is the appearance of a new dark spot (upper right edge of Pele), 400 km in diameter which surrounds a volcanic center named Pillan Patera. The dark spot did not exist in images obtained five months earlier, but Galileo imaged a 120 km high plume erupting from this location during its ninth orbit.

North is to the top of the picture which was taken on 19 September 1997 at a range of more than 500 000 km by the Solid State Imaging (SSI) system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

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