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zachjhatcher Enceladus, Saturn's sixth largest moon, has a diameter of 500 kilometers, making it only a tenth of the size of Titan, the largest moon of the Saturn system. Enceladus's orbit is situated within the densest part of Saturn's E Ring, the second outermost ring, which implies a connection between the two. In 2005, Cassini discovered the source of the E Ring's materiel: cryovolcanic plumes of water vapor, sodium chloride crystals, ice particles, and other volatiles venting from the south polar region of Enceladus. Some of this material falls back to the surface as snow, while the rest escapes to space only to join the material of Saturn's rings. To date, over 100 such geysers have been identified in the region. Cassini has also provided strong evidence for the existence of a subsurface ocean of liquid water beneath the south polar ice, as well as the presence of nutrients, organic molecules, and of course an energy source. These conditions put Enceladus at the forefront for the search for extra-terrestrial life in the solar system.
Image Credit: NASA
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noaweafs Sexy moon alert! #Enceladus #Saturn 2w

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ohstarstuff The photos Cassini has been sending back go beyond science. They are art. In this image, Titan can be seen behind Saturn's rings with Enceladus peaking onto the crescent. The bright surrounding ring is atmospheric haze above Titan, gas that is scattering sunlight to a camera operating onboard the robotic Cassini spacecraft. Since the image was taken pointing nearly at the Sun, the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn appear similar to a photographic negative. (Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA) #astronomy #nasa #cassini #saturn #titan #enceladus 2w

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tetrahedroseph Saturn has a #hexagon on it's North Pole. One of Saturn's moons has water squirting out of it. #water #moon #cassini #saturn #enceladus #water 2w

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  •   whired 檢視今年初拍完後放了七個月才拿去沖洗的照片發現當時竟然在同樣的地點拍過了同樣的物件然後早已忘記但第一張的效果遠不及六個多月重新經過相同地點時用手機拍下的這張,有點搞不懂自己到底是有沒有長進或是精準有提升了那麼一些。 3w

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cognitivity Shadows and Plumes Across Enceladus — "Why does Enceladus have ice plumes? The discovery of jets spewing water vapor and ice was detected by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft in 2005. The origin of the water feeding the jets, however, remained a topic of research. A leading hypothesis held that the source might originate from a deep underground sea, but another hypothesis indicated that it might just be ice melted off walls of deep rifts by the moon's tidal flexing and heating. Pictured above, the textured surface of Enceladus is visible in the foreground, while rows of plumes rise from ice fractures in the distance. These jets are made more visible by the Sun angle and the encroaching shadow of night. Recent study of over a hundred images like this -- of geysers crossing Enceladus' South Pole, together with regional heat maps, indicate that these plumes likely originate from a hidden sea, increasing the chance that this frosty globe might be harboring life." (Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, @NASA; Caption credit: NASA, apod.nasa.gov)

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gavitron40 Saturns moons, Titan and Enceladus, pose with the gas giants rings.
Photo from NASA 360.
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knowahsp #Ice haven on a hot day

#water #h2o
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ailynnsofiacarrizalesl *L* ladies and gentlemen la luna congelada y mayor candidata en albergar agua en Saturno #Enceladus
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sagittarius__a It' #humpday, work is dead dull, and I can't keep my mind off #Enceladus. It's been this way for many years and each revelation released from the #CassiniMission that keeps on giving, validates and fans the flames of my obsession. 101 distinct thermal #geysers confirmed, each bringing salty, liquid water and vapor spouting up to the surface. Up to a thick, icy surface that conceals a warm, briny ocean below. Ripe with the possibility of organic lifeforms. The most ripe we've ever known. I don't know how but somehow, I knew. She called through the great darkness of collective unknowing and through the great blackness of space. Loud enough to drown out larger satellites and the heart-stopping #beauty of her ringed host. We hear. We see. And hopefully soon, we are coming. 1mon

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ohstarstuff Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.

Over a period of almost seven years, Cassini has surveyed Enceladus’ south pole, a unique area known for its four prominent “tiger stripe” fractures with geysers of tiny icy particles and water vapor. These many geysers are erupting from one of the tiger stripe fractures and coincide with small hot spots on the moon.
Recent analysis of Cassini gravity data has found that the source of the material forming the geysers is the sea now known to exist beneath the ice shell. They also found that narrow pathways through the ice shell can remain open from the sea all the way to the surface, if filled with liquid water.

The fact that Enceladus’ sea is salty, laced with organic compounds, spouting into space, and maybe even rising up to the surface has made Enceladus a fascinating place for future exploration. (Credit: NASA JPL) #astronomy #saturn #enceladus #nasa
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  •   nadosh22222 Very naic 1mon
  •   fistheadx36 @ohstarstuff Favourite Instagram profile. Thank you! 1mon
  •   sagittarius__a Today was a good day for all us Enceladus believers! 1mon
  •   ohstarstuff @fistheadx36 really appreciate that! 1mon
  •   ohstarstuff @sagittarius__a indeed it was! 1mon
  •   eldraak Great news, hooray! 1mon
  •   weed_creed Uhm how do you know the water has organic compounds? Organic means alive right? So the question if theres extra terrestrial live is answered? I dont think so^^ (That would be in every newspaper) I also heard about organic stuff on titan but thats a theory since nobody ever got a sample of the liquid. 1mon
  •   ohstarstuff @weed_creed no organic compounds do not mean "alive". Just chemicals that contain carbon. These hint at the possibility for life though. Organic molecules like methane, propane , formaldehyde have all been detected by Cassini. 4w

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Geysers on icy Saturn moon! Scientists using mission data from our Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, suggesting it is possible for liquid water to reach moon's surface from its underground sea.
This view looks across the geyser basin of Saturn's moon Enceladus, along fractures spewing water vapor and ice particles into space.
Image Credit: NASA

#saturn #nasa #enceladus #science #moon #space #cassini
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Geysers on icy Saturn moon! Scientists using mission data from our Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, suggesting it is possible for liquid water to reach moon's surface from its underground sea.
This view looks across the geyser basin of Saturn's moon Enceladus, along fractures spewing water vapor and ice particles into space.
Image Credit: NASA

#saturn #nasa #enceladus #science #moon #space #cassini
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nasa Geysers on icy Saturn moon! Scientists using mission data from our Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, suggesting it is possible for liquid water to reach moon's surface from its underground sea.
This view looks across the geyser basin of Saturn's moon Enceladus, along fractures spewing water vapor and ice particles into space.
Image Credit: NASA

#saturn #nasa #enceladus #science #moon #space #cassini
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1mon watsin
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watsin This incredible image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft while it was in the shadow of Saturn. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are backlit. The sun is behind the planet, which is shielding the cameras from direct sunlight. This view allows scientists to study the ring and atmosphere phenomena not easily seen at a lower phase.

Also captured in this image are two of Saturn's moons: Enceladus and Tethys. Both appear on the left side of the planet, below the rings. Enceladus is closer to the rings; Tethys is below and to the left.

This view looks toward the non-illuminated side of the rings from about 19 degrees below the ring plane. Images taken using infrared, red and violet spectral filters were combined to create this enhanced-color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 17, 2012 at a distance of approximately 500,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) from Saturn.

#Saturn #Cassini #Spacecraft #NASA #Enceladus #Tethys #Satellites #Planet #Rings #Geometry #Energy #Gravity #Atmosphere #Physics #Engineering #Biology #Chemistry #Exploration #Human #Species #Astronomy #Science #Astrophotography #Space #Universe #Cosmos #ExpandYourMind
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