Mountains on Pluto Have Snow-caps, But For a Completely Different Reason

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about a recent discovery of how Pluto forms its unusual mountain snow.

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  1. Dr Deuteron

    Adiabatic cooling (and heating) is reversible (isentropic)…Joule-Thompson expansion is not, and is isothermal for an idea gas…but in the long run, rising gas parcels cool as they expand and falling parcels heat as they compress.

  2. SDaniel

    Nice findings Anton… But… We have no time to go to Pluto, because of the upcoming micro nova, which will burn the Earth on one side and devastate the other regions with (mud) floods! Humans need to shut down all dangerous machines and installations, like nuclear power plants, before it’s too late and no life can be possible for millions of years…

  3. Dark Madder

    fart snow

  4. Gt Bkts

    Commenting for support.

  5. minekpista

    Refugees welcome here!

  6. C1V1C

    I have a question:

    Is there a possibility that life cud evolve faster than on earth? I mean faster if the conditions are better?

    Life evolved like 3bilion years ago on eath

    So is there a possibility?? Cuz i have this question every time i watch like these videos about earth or space.

  7. James

    Pluto: Being a planet is not Me-thane

  8. UniquelySamuel

    Do you want to make a methane Snowman?

  9. Sam Harper

    It’s interesting to think about how all these other planets have been changing for billions of years–weather changes, geological changes, etc.–but nobody was around to experience any of it. It’s taken us a long time to figure out the geological history of the earth, and it has change drastically in the last few billion years, but now we’re just barely understanding the planets in the present even though they, too, had billions of years to change and evolve.

  10. SilverSage

    I wonder how many different disciplines had to be tapped to determine the mechanism(s) behind snowcap formation on Pluto. For starters, I’d guess physical chemistry, organic chemistry, meteorology, astronomy, physics, and I don’t know what else. Anyone else?

  11. MEME123Insanity

    Pluto is pretty much a gigantic refrigerator lol

  12. Vladimir Olegovich

    I thought the reason was different: water already at some heights where it condensed and cooled, all you need is some cold object for crystallization, mountain or airplane.

  13. pruna blue pepper

    Imagine someone would throw a match down there….

  14. Kenny Carter

    Pluto needs an orbiter. No more fly bys, thanks

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  17. Anik Samiur Rahman

    How did those mountain forms on Pluto? It’s not like Pluto has any tectonic activity.

  18. Smart' Medicine Physicist

    Hi it can also be water has well just to let you know!!!!

  19. Stephanie Lofton

    Don’t get it twisted this is my girlfriend champagne I’m her husband on her account I like your videos I watch you first video when you got started becoming with. more and more videos thank you appreciate you

  20. William Ma

    I hope I live long enough to see humans ski on Pluto.

  21. Steve Sidare

    Spent whole video trying to see what your shirt says. (“It is pointless to repeat”?)

  22. The Rubber Duck

    I am a wonderful person 😊

  23. tlovehater

    Legalize Pluto!

  24. epockismet

    I wonder if the methane might be generated within the mountains, since mountains tend to be points of high energy transfer (like lightning rods), maybe allowing chemistry within it. It is very interesting, to say the least.

  25. IthinkthereforeIam OrsoIt

    I was looking up at the milky way tonight (yes, I am one of those fortunate enough to be able to see it) and explaining the rotation of the earth to guests ( although intelligent, they really had no idea), and I thought: if only my “beautiful person ” mugs had arrived, I could offer them as a parting gift from me and Anton… it’s gonny be my Air BnB thang, I think.

  26. Classicracer Uk

    You can test this on a bicycle hand pump.

  27. xx7secondsxx

    We all kno what people use dat Duster fo’! Lmafo😵😵😵

  28. Heccin Paragon

    Its crazy how on other planets that are cold enough, methane is like a substitute for water. Makes you think. If there is other life out there, maybe it relies on methane in the same way we do water

  29. Christian Löfqvist

    “This object” – An object that looks an awful lot like a PLANET!

  30. Woolly Rhino

    I hope we have a colony at Pluto one day

  31. James Aron

    Wonderful Plutonian snow capped mountains

  32. Aslan Burnley

    Nice camera improvement.


    What is the temperature of empty space?

  34. Believe!

    How can you have air motion without an atmosphere!

  35. doiron12

    Pluto is high on Meth!

  36. Moon Cabbage

    I wish the moon had more nitrogen

  37. Tim Black

    Love your posts!

  38. Koeter Rasse

    4:47 … known as (?)
    Inaudible to my poor german ears. Maybe someone can help.

  39. Julien Weems

    We need to go to pluto to mine its plutonium to fuel earth

  40. Space Ghost

    Time to break out the methane powered snowboard😏

  41. sunil s

    Today we reached Pluto with Anton

  42. Laibaspacebotxox

    I see you wearing a Star Wars t shirt *_*

  43. primoroy

    I still can’t wrap my head around Plutos classification. It is only slightly smaller than Mercury, and if it was in the inner solar system, it would’ve cleared its orbit and be considered a plant! 🤬

  44. Joe Blow

    Love Pluto- nium. 😬🛰🚀🤘🏻

  45. Andrey Vasilyev

    We love you Anton!

  46. Paul Clavoo

    love your videos, have a wonderful day

  47. Andy Anderson

    I farted ! ME-THANE !

  48. Sixxiom

    Giant Plutonian bunny confirmed @5:50.

  49. yakir11114

    wait, pluto, which is smaller than our moon, has a moon?

  50. Yukel Alexandre

    Hold on what, you speak French also Anton..!? 🤪🥳😇

  51. Locadio Marcucco

    Thank you wonderful Anton

  52. Craig Carmichael

    A most intriguing world! I was born in 1955 two years before Sputnik started the space age. I never dreamed when I was young that we would be exploring all the known worlds in our solar system within my lifetime!
    Does the methane snow down on top of the the fluffy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which contain energized or “stretched” CO2 (as determined partly by diurnal temperature investigations in the 1980s/1990s of Ganymede and Callisto (“fluffy” – and “sunlight must penetrate the thin fluffy layer”), and the Galileo’s spectral readings of those same worlds, plus on Iapetus in the Cassini’s only flyby anywhere near it, casually called “tholins” as if we understood what they are?
    Or do the tholins, as seen on (at least) Iapetus seem to grow to cover the brighter material, and seemingly resurface it in “at most 100,000 years” (and probably much less) after a meteor strike exposes bright, icy material again? Is the methane and water ice at some peaks too pure or too impenetrable to support whatever process the tholins use – is it “poor soil”?
    Also… Some surface features such as the “toothpaste from a tube” seen all over in at least one region resemble water ice extrusions common on many airless worlds orbiting Jupiter and Saturn. On those worlds they seem to form near craters where heat has melted the water. In the vacuum a skin would quickly form over the pool/crater. Then as the water starts to freeze it expands, bursting through the ice cover as tall, thin mountains, “horns” on crater rims, “toothpaste squeezed from a tube”, and such like. (On Callisto “flows” of liquid are apparent extending into or even half way across crater floors, also doubtless during their formation after a meteor impact.)
    On Pluto the widespread region(s) of it may relate to heat from energies released in the formation of Pluto, which I believe was via tidal disruption of a once larger planet by Neptune (part of which then remained in orbit around Neptune as Triton, with the Pluto system pieces achieving an orbit tidally resonant with Neptune, thus avoiding further disruption).

  53. james taube

    In the future skiing on Pluto is THE thing to do.

  54. Dāvids Stalidzāns

    Guys watch this with “Vaporwave Furret 10 Hours” gently playing in the background. You will not regret it.

  55. Rastrman TheSeer

    This is where I come to escape from the madness of current clown planet earth.

  56. Adawg 303

    Boyles law of thermodynamics is pv=k
    P is pressure
    V is volume
    K is temperature

  57. Mr.GamingMonk

    Adiabatic – just sounds a bit like a Swearing))) “YOU’RE SO ADIABATIC..ITS REDICULOUS” or something along those lines😂😂😂

  58. Ammar Ihsan

    More flight simulator please!

  59. NotLess Grossman

    Thanks Again Anton , you are everything Discovery Channel should be.

  60. Midatlanticriverrat

    Anton, I think this is one of your best videos yet. Thank you

  61. George Pupala

    Anton: If a spacecraft using methane as fuel came out as far as Pluto, could the methane be used to refuel it?

  62. Janusha

    The images of Pluto are amazing

  63. Sky Ahol Nayak

    Outer solar system is a really mysterious place. It would really increase our understanding if we could send a river there.

  64. JRR31984

    Some say that Pluto could’ve been our moon’s twin or just an asteroid, never a planet.

  65. Jp Fitzpatrick


    There are cows on Pluto!

  66. Tt Miller

    If and when anyone can actually ever get there…THEN is when we know

  67. Farrier

    Thanks Anton! For another very interesting vid’.
    I would like to ask a question though. What is pointless? I can see the statement but not the punchline. 🙈
    I know it can’t be your philosophy on life, the Universe and everything.😎👍
    By the way. I’m glad to hear you sounding a bit more healthy than of late.

  68. Chris

    I’m wondering. How many times did you have to re-shoot the introduction in the last month because you said “..and welcome to What the Math” at the end?

  69. Jahrasi Artwell Positive

    Yes back with some space content 😎

  70. ArchEnema 67

    We’ve got warrants out for that Jewel Thompson lady in Colorado. Seems she signed a contract to deposit snow in Aspen, but skipped town with her boyfriend Jack Frost without delivering. Now we know where she stashed the goods. She’s been charged with theft by precipitation.

  71. Apeman Commeth

    Right on Anton I’m hooked on these daily videos!

  72. ZomPaul

    Much love dude.. i forget to like some of your vids sometimes but have told others of your channel. Keep it up

  73. Lune granite

    Pluto is fascinating.. Thank you Anton for taking the time to make this video!

  74. RDE Lutherie

    One of these days I’m taking a vacation on Pluto! Still working out some minor details. (<:

  75. Gerrie

    Hello Wonderful Anton :o)

  76. Mike Galo

    Hello Anton, it’s wonderful person here, thank you for the education, I love your show!✌️🖖👍🙂

  77. power20841

    J’ai vraiment aimé la petite touche de français dans les images 😀

  78. MC's Creations

    So… Lots of snowflakes around there as well. 😬
    (Calm down, people! It’s a joke!)

  79. Matt Wing

    love the videos anton thanks for posting

  80. Corrie Mooney

    Great show.

    Double check your refrigeration cycle though.

  81. Philthy Steel

    I bought 2 of the fleecy lined tops and they are excellent quality, ty Anton ;)

  82. S Singh

    Pluto will always be a planet in my heart ❤

  83. thenothingboy

    Mediocre person here. I nevertheless have become voracious for your content. Keep up the great work sir!

  84. C-S featured

    If u love Pluto and holds its (not a planet) unique charms in a special corner of your heart, give me a like :)

  85. Recyclops

    I literally just typed in snow on Pluto… and this dude just uploaded a video 😂 great output of content 🙏🏼👍

  86. ksmoker27

    Is the video in the first 20 seconds an accurate representation of the topography of Pluto in relation to its size/curvature? If so, that’s amazing!

  87. John Johansen

    2:22 Still.

  88. Thomas Pownall

    My dad used to tell me about the adabiatic (sp) process.
    So glad to hear that word again, he died 21 years ago

  89. Shane Rooney

    Hello wonderful Anton, this is person.

  90. bonbonaro bonbonarov

    Just love waching your videos , full of interesting stuff , presented in a catchy way !

  91. xraysteve

    03:25 Cold air does not rise on Earth. At least not where I live.

  92. Octopus

    I still always think im gonna hear *”and welcome to what da math”* 🥺💔

  93. Natdog 312

    Love you Anton! Have a wonderful day :)

  94. Malakite Korosan

    Man, I can’t stop watching yo stuff. Love your content!. You always make ma day, by showing stuff I never ever think it would be possible!. Love from LATAM!.

  95. Moth Monma Poppa Bobba Fe

    thousandth like! feel like i just became truly wonderful : D

  96. bobitussin

    “Is it pointless to….” what Anton?
    Show us your shirt

  97. R Langford

    0:45 why do I still expect Anton to start the videos with What Da Math?

  98. The DORUK

    Pluto also [Quite Likely] has an… *Underground Ocean* (!)

  99. space dude

    Anton I like how you still call pluto a planet it’s still a planet in our hearts

  100. Thorish

    Pluto’s moon Charon, has an effect on Pluto’s atmosphere in a not to dissimilar way as our moon has on our oceans.
    Since the sun doesn’t effect Pluto’s atmosphere like it does here on Earth, Charon’s gravity tugs on the atmosphere creating tidal currents in the air.
    The strength of this “tugging” is yet to be determined.

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