The best words in science: 'That's odd'
The Chandra space telescope has spotted X-rays emanating from Pluto.
That's “cold, dead, former planet Pluto with no
magnetic field”, to most of us: orbiting between 4.4 billion km and 7.4
billion km from the sun out in the Kuiper belt, with no way to generate
heat. That Pluto.
Since we don't suppose the former-planet got chemtrail drops during the New Horizons flyby in 2015, some other process has to be at work.
Chandra made four observations of Pluto before and
during New Horizons' flyby, in case comparing its measurements to
science from New Horizons gave them something to chew over.
The mission scientists are now chewing like crazy. As
Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Carey Lisse, who led the Chandra team, put
it: “Pluto is interacting with the solar wind in an unexpected and
Lisse, who also holds the laurel for discovering
X-rays emanating from comets, says the solar wind's charged particles
are probably the source of the necessary energy.
However, as NASA says in this media release, there's somewhat more X-ray activity than scientists expected.
“Although Pluto is releasing enough gas from its
atmosphere to make the observed X-rays, in simple models for the
intensity of the solar wind at the distance of Pluto, there isn't enough
solar wind flowing directly at Pluto to make them,” the statement says.
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