Io the moon

By Kimmie Shultis

The moons place

Io is the 3 largest moon of Jupiter, 5th one distance from the planet. The moon keeps orbit of 262,000 miles from Jupiter. Because Io is far away it has develop 400,00 volts across itself and created an electric current of 3 million amperes. Its current is a path of least resistance along the magnetic field lines to the planet's surface. That is was creating the lightning on Jupiter's upper atmosphere. When Jupiter rotates, the magnetic field around it travels, it takes strips of Io every second eating away about 1 ton on the moon. The rocks taking from the moon is made into ionized in the magnetic field and forms a cloud of intense rendition known to as a plasma torus. Ions that is put into Jupiter's atmosphere on the magnetic lines of force and create auroras in the planet's upper atmosphere.The ions escape from the torus that inflate Jupiter's magnetosphere to over twice the size we wound expect.


Fun fact: Io is one out of many of Jupiter's moons that have volcano.

Io has tidal forces that cause Io's surface to go in and out by as much as 330 feet. The tidal generates tremendous amount of heat in the moon, the subsurface crust in liquid form seeking any available escape route to the surface to relieve the pressure. The surface is constantly filling the craters with molten lava lakes and spreading smooth new floodplains of liquid rock. But people think that there is no clear information of this, but theories suggest that it is largely molten sulfur and its compounds. The primary constituent of the thin atmosphere is because of Sulfur dioxide.

Random fun facts

  • Temperatures can go over 4000F
  • Mountains on Io can climb to 52,000ft


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NASA Sound of Space - Jupiter's Moon Io