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Enceladus

  • Bernard Henin
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Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

After our visit to the giant moon Titan in the previous chapter, the small-scale moon of Enceladus is striking. Ten times smaller than Titan and almost one hundred times less massive, this is a planetary object on a different scale than the giant moons we have been reviewing so far. Another arresting feature of the tiny moon is how bright the surface is. With an albedo of 1.34, Enceladus holds the title for the most reflective object in our Solar System, which suggests a very young surface. Also, the giant fissures located within the south pole, or tiger stripes as they are now called, vent seawater into space, feeding the vast nebulous E-ring surrounding Saturn and the neighboring moons. Enceladus punches in well above its weight.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Henin
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  1. 1.NottinghamUK

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