Photo 13 Apr 477 notes A plume of material erupts from the surface of Mercury’s southern hemisphere. Nasa’s Messenger spacecraft team are currently analyzing images of the eruption. One hypothesis under consideration is that the brightness indicates the presence of a fire fountain, an eruption during which lava is ejected from depth in a jet-like spray of molten rock. (via Pictures of the day: 3 April 2013 - Telegraph)
Update: Oops! It looks like this was put out by NASA as an April Fools joke. I hadn’t seen the original release and saw this in the Telegraph a few days later so I thought it was legit. Sorry.

A plume of material erupts from the surface of Mercury’s southern hemisphere. Nasa’s Messenger spacecraft team are currently analyzing images of the eruption. One hypothesis under consideration is that the brightness indicates the presence of a fire fountain, an eruption during which lava is ejected from depth in a jet-like spray of molten rock. (via Pictures of the day: 3 April 2013 - Telegraph)

Update: Oops! It looks like this was put out by NASA as an April Fools joke. I hadn’t seen the original release and saw this in the Telegraph a few days later so I thought it was legit. Sorry.

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