Curtains of Fire on Io

Giant eruptions caught on tape (well… on telescope) are helping scientists like Imke de Pater, professor and chair of astronomy at UC Berkeley, understand Jupiter’s moon Io. Their work could also shed light on what conditions at the surface of the early Earth were like.

“We typically expect one huge outburst every one or two years, and they’re usually not this bright,” – Imke de Pater

Imke de Pater. Credit: UC Berkeley