Edited New Horizons PR image of Wright Mons, a cryovolcano (it erupts water and ice, not molten rock) on Pluto. The volcano is the roundish object near the center of the annotated part of the image that vaguely looks like a donut.
NASA released a new color image of Pluto showing a giant mountain, assumed to be an ice volcano. The image illustrates mountain that has been informally named Wright Mons and it’s one of two possible ice volcanoes on Pluto. The other mountain has been named Picard Mons, and it’s up to 3.5 miles high. Both ice volcanoes are located at Pluto’s south pole.
Wright Mons is at about 90 miles across and 2.5 miles high. Right now, planetary scientists are trying to figure out how this 90 miles feature was formed? If NASA proves that the presented mountain is a volcano, this could be the biggest volcano that has been discovered in our solar system. It appears that there are a few craters around the Wright Mons and even one on the mountain, indicating that Wright Mons was probably volcanically active in a recent history.
Jeff Moore, a planetary scientist at NASA, released a statement saying: “We’re not yet ready to announce we have found volcanic constructs at Pluto, but these sure look suspicious, and we’re looking at them very closely.” Also, Oliver White from the New Horizon said: “These are big mountains with a large hole in their summit, and on Earth that generally means one thing – a volcano.”
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija