The largest object of the solar system

1992/04/01 Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

In the USA Boston University astronomers have taken a picture of what may be the greatest object of the Solar System. It is a cloud of sodium atoms 72 million kilometers in diameter, that is, 50 times larger than the sun. This object surrounds Jupiter and to become aware of its lightness it can be said that if the object is compressed it would fit in a pool.

The component of this fog is the sodium emitted by the volcanoes of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter. Jupiter's powerful magnetic field sends impurities into interplanetary space at a speed of 280,000 kilometers per hour.

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