Enceladus

Enceladus

One of Saturn’s many moons, Enceladus, has been peppered with eruptions. Underneath the icy surface, there is a probability of a global ocean, which makes it even more suspicious that it has developed these fissures on its surface, mainly on the south pole. The erupted particles take about forty minutes or so to reach the level that the Cassini satellite can detect them, but the interesting thing is that these eruptions take about five ours to reach their peak. The scientists in the article Kite and Rubin, after extensive research, have noted that there is a point in time in which the water heats up enough to produce eruptions that match this lag.

Scientists have noted that this activity is similar to that on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, which leads scientists to believe that the study of Enceladus can help us find out more about Europa as well.

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One thought on “Enceladus

  1. Nice post. Aesthetically, Enceladus is probably my favorite moon. Your description of the eruptions is particularly interesting. Is nothing currently studying Europa independently? I’m confused why we’d use Enceladus to learn about Europa instead of just studying Europa.

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