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Enigmatic plumes from Saturnís moon caused by cosmic collision
New Scientist ^ | 24 Mar, 2017 | Leah Crane

Posted on 03/27/2017 7:43:02 PM PDT by MtnClimber

Enceladus’ south pole is wounded, bleeding heat and water. Its injury may have come from a huge rock smashing into this frigid moon of Saturn less than 100 million years ago, leaving the area riddled with leaky cracks.

The region near Enceladus’ south pole marks one of the solar system’s most intriguing mysteries. It spews plumes of liquid from an interior ocean, plus an enormous amount of heat. The south pole’s heat emission is about 10 gigawatts higher than expected – equivalent to the power of 4000 wind turbines running at full capacity. The rest of the moon, though, is cold and relatively homogeneous.

“We don’t have a really good explanation for why all this activity is so concentrated,” says John Spencer at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado.

On most icy moons and ocean worlds, the main heat source is the tide: the worlds are stretched by the gravity of their parent bodies and neighbours, which causes internal heat.

“If it was heated by tides, the north and south should look the same,” says Angela Stickle at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. “So the fact that Enceladus’s south has these crazy regions with plumes and heat flows is enigmatic.”

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; enceladus; moons; saturn

1 posted on 03/27/2017 7:43:02 PM PDT by MtnClimber
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To: MtnClimber

Interesting photo and video at link.


2 posted on 03/27/2017 7:43:37 PM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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“equivalent to the power of 4000 wind turbines running at full capacity. “

Or like 5 coal plants


3 posted on 03/27/2017 7:47:33 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%fe)
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To: MtnClimber

Hmmm. Sounds like GOD’S design to me.


4 posted on 03/27/2017 7:47:57 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: MtnClimber

It looks like it has thrusters. Sure it isn’t the/a Death Star?


5 posted on 03/27/2017 7:48:00 PM PDT by brucedickinson
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To: MtnClimber

The rest of the moon is frozen cold but that one area is hot?

Results of a 100 million year old impact event?

I don’t know. Sounds more like an alien nuke reactor having issues :)


6 posted on 03/27/2017 7:49:20 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: brucedickinson
It looks like it has thrusters. Sure it isn’t the/a Death Star?


7 posted on 03/27/2017 8:16:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Not tired of winning yet!)
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To: MtnClimber
There is an explanation , they just choose to ignore because like climate change it doesn't fit narrative ;

https://youtu.be/gTS0Vv3yS6U

8 posted on 03/27/2017 8:53:59 PM PDT by seastay
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To: MtnClimber

A rock hit frigid Enceladus less than 100 million years ago.

Ah shucks. Just missed it. Most have turned my head for a moment or stopped to clean my telescope’s len.


9 posted on 03/27/2017 9:53:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

What are that moons orbital mechanics today after sustaining a huge kinetic hit? What is its declination from normal orbit and difference in axis to other moons of Saturn. They may be correct but until explained in detail, I call BRAVO SIERRA.

The fact this is happening at the South Pole indicates to me it is a function of the planet that we do not understand at present. Why the South Pole when you have a whole damn planet or rather moon’s surface to show this phenomenon?


10 posted on 03/27/2017 10:36:35 PM PDT by cpdiii (Ac)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

“A huge frigid rock hit frigid Enceladus less than 100 million years ago.”

My ex wife perhaps. However she was very petite so I guess it was not her.


11 posted on 03/27/2017 10:47:07 PM PDT by cpdiii (Ac)
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To: MtnClimber; 1FreeAmerican; A. Patriot; AndrewC; antonia; aristotleman; Boogieman; Carilisa; ...
Again the Gravity Cosmologists are stumped by something the Electric Universe Cosmologists can easily explain and, in fact, expect to find.

If you want on or off the Electric Universe Ping List, Freepmail me.

12 posted on 03/27/2017 11:32:57 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: MtnClimber

We could use that 10 gigawatts of energy to our advantage when we harvest the helium 3 from Saturn which can be used for fuel for nuclear fusion reactions with applications in energy generation and weapons. The amount of helium-3 on Jupiter would supply mankind with all of its energy needs for billions of years.


13 posted on 03/27/2017 11:56:25 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The Left has a mental illness: A totalitarian psyche.)
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To: Swordmaker

Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 03/28/2017 3:05:36 AM PDT by djf ("She wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find in a second hand store..." - Prince)
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To: MtnClimber

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


15 posted on 03/28/2017 5:52:20 AM PDT by onedoug
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