Unimaginable quantities of water
In keeping with the solar-system-is-wet theme I’ve had going of late, I read an article earlier this week about the discovery of a huge cloud of water vapour in a galaxy 12 billion light years from our home. The scientists that made this announcement have calculated the this cloud contains 140 trillion times more water […]
It rains on Saturn?
In a previous post I commented that the Solar System is soaking wet. Today we learned that there’s rain falling on Saturn. OK, so it’s not exactly a downpour. The “rain” is water vapor that’s being sprayed into space by ice volcanoes on Enceladus, a tiny fraction of which ends up raining onto Saturn. This […]
Salty geysers on Enceladus?
It looks like we might be able to add Saturn’s Enceladus to to the growing list of moons that have the potential for liquid oceans under an outer crust of ice. Instead of specifically mentioning which moons have possible oceans in Solar Explorer, I should probably just point out the ones that are dry. It’d […]
Battle for what?
Having researched the planets and moons of the solar system for Solar Explorer, there’s one thing I’ve learned: The solar system is soaking wet. Earth isn’t alone in having a lot of water on it’s surface. Many of the solar system’s moons and asteroids are mostly made of ice. Sure, they look rocky like the […]