Scientists have observed an exotic form of ice on the satellite of Neptune

Ученые заметили экзотическую форму льда на спутнике Нептуна

On the surface of Triton, one can notice the mixture of nitrogen and carbon monoxide.

Astronomers have indicated that on the surface of Neptune’s moon Triton, you notice an exotic form of ice. As reported by the online edition of the with reference to, Triton maintains a mysterious geological activity and throws to the surface a mixture of nitrogen and carbon monoxide.

In the atmosphere these compounds are present in the form of gases, but at low temperatures they freeze and turn into ice. Laboratory studies show that if nitrogen ice is one characteristic spectral lines of absorption, and ice WITH the other, their mixture gives its own spectral pattern in the infrared waves.

Now, with the help of the Gemini South telescope, scientists have observed that carbon monoxide and nitrogen form on the Triton a close blend, which they managed to register in the spectral data.

It is worth noting that the satellite remains one of the rare small bodies of the Solar system, preserving the geological activity. Under cover of his cover of water and nitrogen ice geysers beat of cryovolcanism, bringing to the surface new ice, including both pure nitrogen and co, and complex mixture, first registered in space.

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“Despite the long distance from Triton to the Sun and cold temperatures, solar light is sufficient to support a pronounced seasonal changes on the surface and in the atmosphere,” said one of the researchers, Henry Ro.

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