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Moon Rains Water on Saturn in Baffling Phenomenon

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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:20 AM
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Moon Rains Water on Saturn in Baffling Phenomenon


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Hartogh and other scientists who analyzed information from European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory concluded that one of Saturn moons, called Enceladus, is raining water vapors that form a huge donut-shaped ring around Saturn.
Enceladus rains about 250 kg of water vapour per second...

The puzzling existence of water vapors in Saturn's atmosphere was first discovered in 1997 by the ESA. Now, 14 years later, the ESA is one step closer to solving this mystery.
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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:20 AM
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Man is slowly marching forth to fascinating discoveries. At first it was a hypothesis that Enceladus might habor salt water. Now it is a fact, although it is unknown why.

Is it possible that this moon has alien life? It is only a matter of time before we are sure that it does. This moon is very small compared to earth yet somehow it dumps 250kg of water vapor/second which is equivalent to 3.29x10^8Kg per year. The mass of the planet is 1.08x10^20, isn't that awesome? It would take about 10^11 years for it to lose all that water....

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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:24 AM
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What a waste of water…
Here, I cannot even run my sprinklers, because we are under drought conditions.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:34 AM
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lol...I was thinking that if this phenomenon has been going on for thousands of years, then that moon might have been bigger than its current size today, its radius is only 252 km or 157 miles today a 3 hour drive.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:34 AM
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Wow..
that is amassive amount of water to produce.. And your quoted post states it's forming a ring..

I'm baffled as to how this tiny moon can produce such an amount if water??


It's always the same with space exploration.. We travel far to answer our questions.. But all it does is create 10 more.. I fear we will not get all the answers within my lifetime..
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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:44 AM
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Here is another text describing this phenomenon
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En­cel­a­dus spouts an es­ti­mat­ed 250 kg (550 lbs) of wa­ter va­por each sec­ond from a group of jets at a south po­lar re­gion, known as the Ti­ger Stripes for its dis­tinc­tive ap­pear­ance. The ejected wa­ter forms a donut that’s at least as wide as five Sat­urns, and about as thick as one-half a Sat­urn, re­search­ers say. Though enor­mous, the ring went un­no­ticed be­fore now be­cause see­ing it re­quires in­stru­ments that can de­tect in­fra­red light to see it.


If the thread below has a shred of truth to it, then i guess the donut rings of water vapor maybe the reason why our friends are there

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:45 AM
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I call dibs on being the first person to bottle that water and sell it at stores!



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:01 AM
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I'm surprised the moon hasn't completely evaporated yet.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 02:18 AM
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Whoa. That is baffling.

I'm totally baffled.

I bet there is some ancient myth that may reflect this. Somewhere.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 03:15 AM
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Originally posted by LiveEquation

Moon Rains Water on Saturn in Baffling Phenomenon


www.ibtimes.com

Enceladus rains about 250 kg of water vapour per second...



Holly Sprinklers, that's allot of water 131,400,000kg per year or 131,400m^3

So since it was discovered in 97 that's a total of 1,839,600,000kg or 1,839,600m^3 far out!

Oh wait its not that much after all Fort Peck Dam alone holds 23,000,000,000m^3

Still pretty cool though.

tlasalt



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 04:53 AM
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Wonder how much it costs to study this presently unimportant bull #...

We kinda need help here, and that help is NOT on Saturn...

God bless the Broke States of Amerika



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 06:04 AM
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Originally posted by My.mind.is.mine
Wonder how much it costs to study this presently unimportant bull #...

We kinda need help here, and that help is NOT on Saturn...

God bless the Broke States of Amerika


This is an ESA study conducted in Germany. Read the article?



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 11:46 AM
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Isn't Enceladus the moon that has ice-volcanoes? There's a moon that orbits Saturn and is actually responsible for one of the icy rings, because there are volcanoes just like here on Earth on it, except they spit out ice that ends up bunching together in a disk-like ring and orbiting Saturn.



posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 12:41 PM
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Once again Arthur C. Clark, had foreseen beyond this realm and told us what is out there. In his book, "3001; The Final Frontier," which I have only read an excerpt from, details a scene wherein a space freighter is towing a huge mass of ice, from the rings of Saturn, to a colony on Mercury.

Amazing the possibilities of the future, really exciting. Thanks for the post.

RIP ACC
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posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 09:15 PM
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Originally posted by windword
Once again Arthur C. Clark, had foreseen beyond this realm and...details a scene wherein a space freighter is towing a huge mass of ice, from the rings of Saturn, to a colony on Mercury.

Amazing the possibilities of the future, really exciting. Thanks for the post.

RIP ACC
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OMG! what are the odds of that? was it just purely his own imagination? awesome stuff, i will check out his book




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