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With a mean radius of 252 km, Enceladus is equivalent in size to 0.0395 Earths (or 0.1451 Moons). But with a mass of1.08 1020 kg, canada goose parka uk it is only 0.000018 as massive. The planet has a very minor eccentricity (0.0047) and orbits Saturn at an average distance canada goose outlet eu (semi major axis) of 237,948km, between the orbits of Mimas and Tethys.

Enceladus takes 32.9 hours (1.37 days) to complete a single orbit around Saturn, and is currently in a 2:1 mean motion orbital resonance with Dione; meaning that it completes two orbits of Saturn for every orbit completed by Dione. official canada goose outlet This forced resonance is what maintains Enceladus’s orbital eccentricity canada goose outlet us and results in tidal deformation, and the resulting heat dissipation is the main heating source for Enceladus’s geologic activity.

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Canada Goose online Gravity measurements by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large interior ocean beneath it’s south pole. Credit: NASA/JPL CaltechThe existence of this liquid water ocean has been the subject of scientific debate since 2005, when scientists first observed plumes containing water vapor spewing from Enceladus’s south polar surface. These jets are canada goose outlet vip capable of dispensing 250kg of water vapor every second at canada goose outlet london uk speeds of up to 2,189km/h (1,360mph), and reaching 500 km into space. Canada Goose online

In 2006, it was determined that Enceladus’s plumes are the source of Saturn’s E Ring and actively replenish it. According to measurements made by the Cassini Huygens probe, these emissions are composed mostly of water vapor, as well as minor components like molecular nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide. Further observations noted the presence of simple hydrocarbons such as methane, propane, acetylene and formaldehyde.

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Canada Goose Online Artist’s rendering canada goose outlet montreal of possible hydrothermal activity that may be taking place on and under the seafloor of Enceladus. Credit: NASA/JPLIn addition, during the July 14, 2005 flyby, the Cassini probe also detected the presence of escaping internal heat in canada goose outlet sale the southern polar region. These temperatures were too high to be attributed to solar heating, and combined with the geyser activity, seemed to indicate that the interior of the planet is still geologically active. Canada Goose Online

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One of the more dramatic types of tectonic features found on Enceladus are its rift canyons. These canyons can be up to 200km long, 5 10km wide, and 1km deep. Such features are geologically young, because they cut across other tectonic features and have sharp topographic relief with prominent outcrops along the cliff faces.

Canada Goose Outlet Evidence of tectonics on Enceladus is also derived from grooved terrain, consisting of lanes of curved formations and ridges that often separate smooth plains from cratered regions. Deep fractures are another, which are often found in bands cutting across cratered terrain, and which canada goose outlet in new york were probably influenced by the formation of weakened regolith produced by impact craters. Canada Goose Outlet

Enceladus, showing the famous «Tiger Stripes» feature a series of fractures bound on either side by colorful ice. canada goose outlet mississauga Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteLinear grooves can also be seen cutting across other terrain types, like the groove and ridge belts. Like the deep rifts, they are among the youngest features on Enceladus. However, canada goose outlet germany some linear grooves have been softened like the craters nearby, suggesting that they are older. Ridges have also been observed on Enceladus, though they are relatively limited in extent and are up to one kilometer tall.

Other interesting features include the canada goose outlet in uk «Tiger stripes»: a series of fractures bounded on either side by ridges in the southern polar region that are are surrounded by mint green colored, coarse grained water ice. The source of the atmosphere is attributed to the periodic cryovolcanism, which leads to gases and vapor escaping from the surface or the interior. Evidence of a tenuous atmosphere came from magnetometer readings provided by the Cassini’s probe in 2005.

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