| Pluto Is Shooting Out X-Rays And Astronomers Don't Know Why
Pluto has been in the news quite often over the last few years since being reclassified as a dwarf planet. There has been some speculation that liquid oceans might be found on Pluto, and the once-planet has been observed to interact strangely with solar winds. Just this month, a new discovery about Pluto has the astronomy community puzzling over what to make of the tiny, distant planetoid. According to a press release from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have detected significant x-ray emissions shooting out of the mysterious Pluto. The X-rays were detected by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during four separate fly-bys made throughout 2014 and 2015. The researchers' data has been published in the astronomical journal (and my pick for winner of best academic journal title) Icarus. According to the authors' findings, the x-rays are unlikely to be the result of atmospheric radiation and thus must be originating