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Enceladus, Moon of Saturn

Enceladus is a Moon that orbits round the planet Saturn. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 107,944,591,230,692,000,000 kg. Its density has been calculated at being 1.608. Its volume is 67113076.

It was discovered in the year 1789 by William Herschel.

The orbital period, i.e. the period it takes to complete an orbit round Saturn is 1.37022 days. The figure is also known as the sidereel period. The figure comes from N.A.S.A..

The Equatorial Radius of the object is 252km. The value is the radius in km of the said object at the Equator.

The Escape Velocity of the object is 861 km/h. The Escape Velocity is the speed an object needs to be travelling in order to break free from the objects gravity. The larger an object is, the more velocity (speed) is needed to break free from the object.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 238.02, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The equatorial circumference of Enceladus is 1584.0 km. The surface area of Enceladus is 798,648.27. The surface gravity of the said item is 0.113. The Mean orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 45487.30 km/h. The is the average distance in km of the object is from its parent 238037.00.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Enceladus orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 0 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.0047, it is the degree at which Enceladus orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Enceladus, Ice World

Enceladus is an ice world which you tell by looking at the picture below. The ice is believed to be about 12 to 15 miles deep. The moon has been an ice for possibly as long as it has existed and that could be billions of years, maybe five billion, age of the solar system.

A feature of the Ice world is its Geysers as seen in the picture below. The picture below is of Ice Geysers sprouting out from Enceladus taken by the Cassini Spacecraft. The geysers are most active when the moon is furthest away from the planet. Most of the material that is ejected is water with the rest dust. Space.

Ice Geysers shooting out from Enceladus

Picture Copyright N.A.S.A. taken by Cassini space probe of ice geysers on Enceladus, moon of Saturn.

Life on Enceladus

Nothings been ruled in or out yet. As there is water and ice, there's a small possibility that under the ice is flowing water. Water is an important ingredient in life and without water, there would be no life on Earth. It is hoped that one day, they'll be a mission to verify whether there is life or not on the moon until then, there's hope. At the heart is a possible molten core, that is causing the water to spurt out. Heat is another requirement for life.

Enceladus Legend Mythology

Enceladus was a Gigante, a race of giants in mythology. The Gigantes were a race of a hundred giants that were born to the Earth Goddess of Gaia. Gaia was believed to have become pregnant when the blood of Ouranos ( Uranus ) splashed on her. The Gigantes were notable for their uprising against the Greek Gods notably Zeus. Enceladus fought with Athena and lost when Athene crushed Enceladus with Mount Etna on the Isle of Sciliy, Theoi

Image of the Saturn moon of Enceladus

Image of the Saturn moon of Enceladus

Enceladus Facts

Mass (kg)107,944,591,230,692,000,000
Density (g/cm^3)1.608
Volume (km^3)67113076
Orbital DirectionPrograde, same as the parents direction
Year of Discovery1789
DiscovererWilliam Herschel
Orbital Period (days)1.37022
Equatorial Radius (km)252
Escape Velocity (km/h)861
Semi-Major Axis (10^3 km)238.02
Equatorial Circumference (km)1584.0
Surface Area (km^2)798,648.27
Surface Gravity (m/s^2)0.113
Mean Orbit Velocity (km/h)45487.30
Average Orbit Distance (km)238037.00
Orbital Inclination (degrees)0
Orbital Eccentricity0.0047

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