posted on Aug, 18 2005 @ 04:12 PM
A radioactive heat source is a good idea, but a small moon like that would have expended it's fuel along time ago, that is, if it's an old moon. I
still believe that this heat is being generated by internal friction.
Why dosen't other areas of the moon show warmer areas if it's caused by internal fiction, you may ask. The simple answer I can think of is that the
south pole of the moon appears to have fissures that my extend deeply into the moon. The interior may be warmer then the outside, the fissures release
frozen gases from inside that were heated just enough to sublimate, or liquify and evaporate.
Kind of like what goes on with a comet, just without sunlight being a primary heat sorce. I think this moon and Iapetus are captured comets and
Saturn's rings are formed from debris from this one.
P.S. - I wonder what Richard Hoagland will make of this. He will probably say there is some alien reactor in it that's charging up to shoot a laser
at earth in 2012, or he will say that there is a liquid ocean inside the moon and claim that he came up with the idea first, until some real scientist
comes along and sues him for plagerisim.
[edit on 8/18/2005 by GoldEagle]