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Oceans on an ice moon?

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Astronomy
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Enceladus!
Photo by Phil Plait https://www.flickr.com/photos/badastronomy/

I was interested to read of the latest findings from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. It was reported that there are at least 101 active Geysers on the Ice moon of Saturn, Enceladus. They are located in the region of the south pole, which is already well known for its ‘Tiger stripe fractures’

Enceladus South
Photo by Jason Major (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightsinthedark/)

Scientists have suggested that the presence of these geysers are suggestive of a hidden ocean under the moon’s surface, perhaps as much as 50km below the surface.

More information can be found at
http://earthsky.org/space/101-geysers-on-enceladus-ice-moon-of-saturn?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=a68cfc7484 EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-a68cfc7484-393761461