Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Raining Onto Saturn

Hey Space Placers!

Highlighting Plumes

The European SPace Agency (ESA) has discovered that Enceladus, pictured above, is raining water onto Saturn from plumes expelling water. As stated by ESA: 

"ESA’s Herschel space observatory has shown that water expelled from the moon Enceladus forms a giant torus of water vapour around Saturn. The discovery solves a 14-year mystery by identifying the source of the water in Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Herschel’s latest results mean that Enceladus is the only moon in the Solar System known to influence the chemical composition of its parent planet. Enceladus expels around 250 kg of water vapour every second, through a collection of jets from the south polar region known as the Tiger Stripes because of their distinctive surface markings."

Sky Guy in VA

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