What Makes Plumes on Enceladus - Matt Hedman

02 August 2013
Presented by Chris Smith


Plumes of water ice are ejected kilometres above the surface of Saturn's tiny satellite Enceladus


Enceladus, the tiny Saturnian satellite, regularly issues jets of salty water from its south pole that reaches kilometres in height above the moon's surface. But what drives this process? Gravitational tidal forces caused by an eccentric orbit, it seems. Cornell scientist Matt Hedman has analysed where in the Enceladus orbit the plumes are most pronounced...


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