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SagittariusAStar
2013-Aug-01, 02:30 PM
From Physics World (http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/jul/31/tides-control-the-geysers-of-enceladus):

"The water geysers of Enceladus spew the most material when the small moon ventures farthest from Saturn, planetary scientists in the US have found. This discovery confirms a prediction of a theory that says the geysers' strength depends on Saturn's tide."

Jerry
2013-Aug-04, 11:15 PM
Nice. Sensible. We still get to wonder why one moon has tiger strips and the rest do not. If they are all primarily water-ice moons, why are their surface properties so different?

galacsi
2013-Aug-05, 10:01 AM
From Physics World (http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/jul/31/tides-control-the-geysers-of-enceladus):

"The water geysers of Enceladus spew the most material when the small moon ventures farthest from Saturn, planetary scientists in the US have found. This discovery confirms a prediction of a theory that says the geysers' strength depends on Saturn's tide."
I can see two different things : The openings and closings of the hoses in the "tiger stripes" and what is causing the ice , inside the moon , to melt. Saturn's tides can explain both ?