Enceladus, Moon of Saturn lithograph

April 13, 2016

Enceladus (pronounced en-SELL-ah-dus) is an icy moon of Saturn with remarkable activity near its south pole. Covered in water ice that reflects sunlight like freshly fallen snow, Enceladus reflects almost 100 percent of the sunlight that strikes it. Because the moon reflects so much sunlight, the surface temperature is extremely cold, about –330 degrees F (–201 degrees C). The surface of Enceladus displays fissures, plains, corrugated terrain and a variety of other features.

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