OUR SOLAR SYSTEM IS WARMING UP

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PostWed Dec 23, 2009 5:15 am » by Darkangle2bad


OUR SOLAR SYSTEM IS WARMING UP

Astronomers have noticed warming of Neptune's largest moon, Triton, Mercury, Mars and the Earth. Massachusetts Institute of Technology News says that Pluto is undergoing global warming of about 2 degrees Celsius over the past 14 years, as evidenced by a threefold increase in the planet's atmospheric pressure. A team led by James Elliot, director of MIT's Wallace Observatory, made this finding by watching the dimming of a star when Pluto passed in front of it. Astronomer Jay Pasachoff, said that, Pluto's global warming was "likely not connected with that of the Earth. The major way they could be connected is if they were caused by a large increase in sunlight. But the solar constant -- the amount of sunlight received each second -- is carefully monitored by spacecraft, and we know the sun's output is much too steady to be changing the temperature of Pluto."

The Hubble Space Telescope has found evidence that Neptune's Largest Moon is Triton is also warming up significantly. Triton is undergoing global warming -- percentage-wise, it's a very large increase," said James L. Elliot, an astronomer at MIT. The warming trend is causing part of Triton's frozen nitrogen surface to turn into gas, thus making its thin atmosphere denser. Thanks to Massachusetts Institute of Technology News

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