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The origins of giant knife blades of ice found on Pluto by our New Horizons spac…

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The origins of giant knife blades of ice found on Pluto by our New Horizons spacecraft were a mystery to scientists…but not any more! They now believe the structures are made almost entirely of methane ice, likely formed as a specific kind of erosion that wore away their surfaces. These jagged geological ridges are found at the highest altitudes on Pluto’s surface, near its equator, and can soar many hundreds of feet into the sky – as high as a New York City skyscraper.

Similar structures can be found in high-altitude snowfields along Earth’s equator, though on a very different scale than the blades on Pluto. The terrestrial structures, called penitentes, are snow formations just a few meters high, with striking similarities to the vastly larger bladed terrain on Pluto. Swipe to see the Earth comparison!

Image 1 Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Image 2 Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ESO

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bossvonx 03.12.2019 - 11:56

“Space is pitch black” where is the light coming from then

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akhsanul_hidayat 03.12.2019 - 11:56

CGI Image. Nasa Is Dineyland

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king__miad 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Good

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aaronzhang6307 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Beautiful

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swrdish 03.12.2019 - 11:56

so, Pluto has water. But it’s frozen, good to know

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zahir.sh 03.12.2019 - 11:56

😍😍😍

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roziqanggs 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Apakah ada alien ya??

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joylesness 03.12.2019 - 11:56

blessed

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issabellaxxc 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Little things can be so beautiful! Like our little buddy Pluto! ❤️

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mckaylaearley 03.12.2019 - 11:56

@kimdoyle25 sike this is pluto

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saif9826 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Mujhe v job krni hai

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am.as919.as 03.12.2019 - 11:56

قشنگه👌

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rickymooredaniels 03.12.2019 - 11:56

🤔

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josecorderopaints 03.12.2019 - 11:56

M Gusta

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josecorderopaints 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Me gusta

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fulanah97 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Wkwkwk

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fulanah97 03.12.2019 - 11:56

So funny

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mery_fard 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Wow

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shobhit__kashyap 03.12.2019 - 11:56

Where has new horizons reached now????

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lin.kaichuan 03.12.2019 - 11:56

F4F

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minggums 03.12.2019 - 11:56

😆

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_onarts 03.12.2019 - 11:56

❤️

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