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Distant dwarf planets could have ice volcanoes

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Volcanoes that spew stretchy ice could make dwarf planets bright


How’s this for cool: some of the most distant worlds in our solar system might have surprising geological activity that gives them a bright, icy covering.

The dwarf planets Eris and Makemake, which reside beyond Neptune, are probably home to ice volcanoes that recoat their surfaces continually with nitrogen frost, said Will Grundy at Lowell Observatory and Orkan M. Umurhan at the SETI Institute in work presented at an American Astronomical Society meeting on 17 October.

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