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Enceladus, Moon of Saturn

Enceladus is a Moon that orbits round the planet Saturn. Its orbit circumference, the total distance it travels round its planetary parent is 1,495,622.32 km. The furthest it gets from its orbital parent (apoasis) is 239,156 km. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 107,944,591,230,692,000,000 kg. Its density has been calculated at being 1.608 g/cm3. Its volume is 67,113,076 km3.

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 1.37 days. The figure is also known as the sidereel period. The figure comes from N.A.S.A..

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 238,037 km, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The equatorial circumference of Enceladus is 1,584.0 km. The mean radius, that is the average radius of Enceladus is 252.1 km. The surface area of Enceladus is 798,648.27 km2. The surface gravity of the said item is 0.113 m/s2. The average orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 45,487.3 km/h.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Enceladus orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 0.009 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

Orbital Circumference1,495,622.32 km
Furthest from parent (Apoasis)239,156 km
Mass107,944,591,230,692,000,000 kg
Density1.608 g/cm3
Volume67,113,076 km3
Year of Discovery1789
DiscovererWilliam Herschel
Orbital Period1.37
Semi-Major Axis238,037 km
Equatorial Circumference1,584.0 km
Mean Radius252.1 km
Surface Area798,648.27 km2
Surface Gravity0.113 m/s2
Average Orbit Velocity45,487.3 km/h
Orbital Inclination0.009
Orbital Eccentricity0.0047

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