Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 11, 2015

Wright Mons and its Misteries...
Wright Mons and its Misteries...

Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF for the additional process. and color.

This (so far) informally named Surface Feature, Wright Mons, located to the South of Sputnik Planum, on the Dwarf-Planet Pluto, is a really unusually-looking Feature that's about 100 miles (such as approx. 160,934 Km) wide and roughly 13.000 feet (such as about 3,962 Km) high.


So now, why Wright Mons has been defined "unusually-looking"? Because, as a matter of fact, it displays a Summit Depression (VERY WELL visible in the center of the image) that's approximately 35 miles (such as about 56,3269 Km) across, with a very distinctive Hummocky Texture on its sides (actually, all around it). Furthermore, the Rims (---> Inner and Outer Margins) of the abovementioned Summit Depression also show the presence of some kind of Concentric Fracturing.


The New Horizons Planetary Scientists' Team believe that this starnge Mountain, just like another one on Pluto, named Piccard Mons, could have been formed by a 'Cryovolcanic' (---> Cold) Eruption of Ices, Mud and Gases coming from beneath Pluto's Surface (which, in that case, and considering that Wright Mons appears - Geologically speaking, and in our humble opinion, as IPF - relatively recent - might be still - even though just residually - active).


The image (which is an Original NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft's b/w and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20155) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized (according to an educated guess carried out by Dr Paolo C. Fienga-LXTT-IPF) in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft and then looked ahead, towards the Dwarf-Planet Pluto), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.



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