Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Snows of Cthulhu

No, it's not an evil cross between a novel by Ernest Hemingway and an H.P. Lovecraft horror story.  It's actually about Pluto (not the underworld god of Roman mythology), but the minor planet just visited by the New Horizons spacecraft.

On reviewing the pictures, the scientists think they've spotted methane snow on some of Pluto's higher mountains, in the Cthulhu Regio.

Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks

Here's what it looks like:

I'm not sure what kind of ski wax works on methane snow, but it would be unique to ski on these slopes.

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