Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association to host free online discussion on planetary volcanism

Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association to host free online discussion on planetary volcanism
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and has more than 70 known moons, according to NASA. (Source: NASA)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Astronomic minds, here is an upcoming event just for you.

The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will be hosting an online discussion on volcanism and cyro-volcanism in the solar system via Facebook on Jan 8, 2020.

The online event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

A special guest will discuss examples of silicate volcanism on Earth and Mars, and evidence of cyro-volcanism on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Scientists say ‘silica’ influences lava viscosity. Volcanic magma high in silica is usually more explosive, while magma with lower contents allows for a more fluid substance.

According to NASA, cyro-volcanoes are some of the most intriguing features in the solar system. They’re said to erupt water, ammonia or methane instead of the molten rock we’re used to. Cyro-volcanoes form on icy moons and other planetary objects.

And those interested in viewing seasonal objects around the night sky, a second talk will follow.

The organization says anyone is invited to join.

To stream the event, follow [this Facebook link].

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