Iceland Has a New Volcanic Fissure Erupting in Fagradalsfjall

Iceland Has a New Volcanic Fissure Erupting in Fagradalsfjall

After much “will it / won’t it” over the last few weeks in the wake of increased (and then decreased) seismic activity, an eruption in Iceland finally started with a brand new fissure near Fagradalsfjall. No lives are threatened, so Pamela is ecstatic. Plus, arctic methane, a new basalt type, spiders on Mars, Titan’s atmosphere, and an interview with PSI scientist Dr. Nick Castle about volcanoes

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Betelgeuse Smaller Than Previously Calculated, Still Mystery

Betelgeuse Smaller Than Previously Calculated, Still Mystery

Scientists collected fresh data on Orion’s bright star Betelgeuse to try and understand this star that caused so much controversy last year. They found it’s smaller than previously calculated, and last year’s dimming was likely caused by dust, but it’s also more complex than thought. Plus, galaxies, Earth’s forests, ice on Mars, and Saturn’s moon Rhea.

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Why pulsars shine brightly; Antares’ atmospheric layers; Volcanic craters on Titan

Why pulsars shine brightly; Antares’ atmospheric layers; Volcanic craters on Titan

Join us today as we consider a new paper on why pulsars shine so brightly (hint: it’s those pesky magnetic fields). We take a look at new images of Antares’ massive atmospheric layers. Finally, we share a story from our own Planetary Science Institute: evidence has been found that there are volcanic craters on Saturn’s moon, Titan.

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