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A massive volcanic eruption on Pluto indicates the existence of a hidden ocean beneath the surface

A massive volcanic eruption on Pluto indicates the existence of a hidden ocean beneath the surface

Although nearly a decade has passed since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft visited Pluto, the dwarf planet is still revealing itself as a surprisingly complex world.

Scientists studying spacecraft data for an unusual crater near a bright, heart-shaped area on Pluto called… Sputnik Planitia They say they may have found a supervolcano that likely erupted only a few million years ago. That may seem like an incredibly long time ago, but in cosmic terms, it’s very recent. For context, the solar system is more than 4.5 billion years old.