A few years ago, astronomers knew there was a spot on Earth called the Hot Spot.
They just didn’t know exactly where it was.
Now, researchers have identified the hottest spot in the world and predicted it will likely erupt next week, and for the next several years.
“The Hot Spot is the hottest hot spot on the planet,” says Mark W. Osterman, a professor of Earth and planetary science at the University of Arizona.
Oesterman and his colleagues have found that the hot spot, which is about 60,000 miles from the surface, has a much higher surface area than we thought.
“There’s a very clear signal to look for in this spot that there are volcanoes that are going to erupt, that will erupt in a very, very short time,” Ostermaier says.
OSTERMAN: Hot Spot erupts next week “I’m not sure how it could erupt, but I can tell you the likelihood is very high.”
Ostermier is one of many astronomers looking at the hot spots of our solar system, hoping to understand how they formed.
In fact, a recent study by NASA and the Carnegie Institution for Science found that many of the planets and moons in our solar neighborhood are likely formed from hot spots.
The astronomers found a number of examples in the inner solar system that were not formed by meteorites.
And a team of astronomers has found that a number are likely produced by explosions.
The new study looks at how these hot spots form.
There are about 2,500 hot spots in our Solar System, and they’re the hot places that produce the most intense and visible flares, such as the one that occurred on August 18, 2018, at the comet that is known as P/2016 W. “I think that’s the peak time for a lot of these hot spot eruptions, the eruption peak,” says Ostermann.
The researchers analyzed data from NASA’s Swift satellite, which collects data from space, and a number other sources.
They found that hot spots erupt from about 70 million to 140 million miles away.
Some of these are located in the outer Solar System.
The hot spots can be very hot.
In some cases, a hot spot could erupt as hot as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (400 degrees Celsius).
Ostermeier says the hotspot has been known for at least 15 years.
It was first detected by a team from the University, the University at Buffalo, and the University College London.
“It’s a well-known hot spot in our area of the solar system,” Oestermann says.
The discovery of a new hot spot is a good sign that we may have some idea about what the Earth’s interior might look like in the coming decades, he says.
He adds that the new findings are just one piece of evidence that could help us better understand how the Earth formed and evolved.
OSTERMAN: A better understanding of how the Sun formed may help us predict when we might see an eruption, and how hot it might erupt.
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