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Pluto formed quickly with a deep ocean covering its entire surface


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Pluto formed quickly with a deep ocean covering its entire surface

By Jason Arunn Murugesu An enhanced color image of the area around Pluto’s North poleNASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstituteThe ancient oceans of Pluto may have arisen relatively quickly after the now-frozen dwarf planet came to be, melting from ice in a process that suggests Pluto formed in just 30,000 years. “We don’t…

Pluto formed quickly with a deep ocean covering its entire surface

By Jason Arunn Murugesu

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An enhanced color image of the area around Pluto’s North pole

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The ancient oceans of Pluto may have arisen relatively quickly after the now-frozen dwarf planet came to be, melting from ice in a process that suggests Pluto formed in just 30,000 years.

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“We don’t really know how planets get assembled, but in general, we think things bang into each other, and they accumulate,” says Francis Nimmo at the University of California, Santa Cruz, whose work was due to be presented at the cancelled Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. …

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