View Full Version : Researchers Explain Enceladus' Icy Plume

2008-Feb-06, 10:30 PM
Yesterday I blogged about how particles jetting from Enceladus find their way to Saturn's A-Ring. Now there's a new report that models how ice and vapour come pouring out of cracks on Enceladus' surface in the first place.

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2008/02/06/researchers-explain-enceladus-icy-plume/)

2008-Feb-07, 04:20 AM
Nice to see Jurgen's theory has been published.

The chief criticism I have heard is why Enceladus, but not Dione and other icy moons of similar size and mass with similar orbits? Without something 'else' special, tidal heating alone doesn't explain this discrimination. Also, tidal effects would likely be greatest at the equator, not one pole.