NASA Juno spots volcano on Jupiter moon Io | Global Edition

This annotated image highlights the location of the new heat source in the southern hemisphere of the Jupiter moon Io. The image was generated from data collected on Dec. 16 2017 by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper instrument aboard NASA's Jun

The infrared data was collected when Juno was about 290,000 miles (470,000 kilometers) away from the moon.

"The new Io hotspot JIRAM picked up is about 200 miles (300 kilometers) from the nearest previously mapped hotspot", said Alessandro Mura, a co-investigator of the Juno mission who is affiliated with from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome.

This image of Jupiters southern hemisphere was captured by NASAs Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of a close flyby of the gas-giant planet.

"We don't rule out the movement or modification of previously discovered hotspots, but it's hard to imagine a person who can travel so far and still be considered the same feature", Mura added.

The scale seen to the right of the photo "depicts the range of temperatures displayed in the infrared image", explained NASA, with higher temperatures depicted in brighter colors and lower temperatures shown in darker colors.

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The circle indicates a previously unseen hot spot on Jupiter's moon Io that may indicate a newly formed volcano.

NASA, on their website, revealed that the Juno team will continue evaluating the data collected on the December 16 flyby.

Data of NASA's Juno show that on Jupiter's moon IO can be hidden another volcano. During previous missions by NASA's Voyager probes, the Galileo orbiter, the Saturn-bound Cassini and and the New Horizons probe that flew past Pluto, some 150 active volcanoes were discovered with another 250 hot spots representing apparent volcanism. Juno is part of NASA's New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Juno has logged almost 235 million kilometers since entering Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016.

NASA's Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011, from Florida's Cape Canaveral. The image was generated from data collected on December 16, 2017, by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA " s Juno mission when the spacecraft was about 290,000 miles (470,000 kilometers) from the Jovian moon.

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