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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Active South Polar Terrain of Enceladus

Colloquium: Astronomy Colloquia | January 29 | 4:10 p.m. | 1 LeConte Hall

Carolyn Porco, SSI

Department of Astronomy

In 2005, the Cassini mission at Saturn discovered a remarkable and unique geological province at high southern latitudes on the small icy moon, Enceladus. Towering jets of powder-sized, salty ice particles, along with water vapor laced with organic compounds and accompanied by a shocking ~5GW of thermal radiation, vent from four prominent fractures crossing the moon's 500-km-wide south polar...   More >