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Wednesday, June 13

Does Saturn have more active moons?

We've all heard of Saturn's active moon Enceladus with it's geysers spraying water vapour into space. Well evidence is emerging that tow other moons may have some form of geological activity. The report from Space Spin has the details.
clipped from spacespin.org

Saturn's moons Tethys and Dione are flinging great streams of particles into space, according to data from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini mission to Saturn. The discovery suggests the possibility of some sort of geological activity, perhaps even volcanic, on these icy worlds.

The particles were traced to the two moons because of the dramatic movement of electrically charged gas in the magnetic environs of Saturn. Known as plasma, the gas is composed of negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions, which are atoms with one or more electrons missing. Because they are charged, the electrons and ions can get trapped inside a magnetic field.
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