Archive | April 16, 2017

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Life-Enabling Plumes above Enceladus
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Explanation: Does Enceladus have underground oceans that could support life? The discovery of jets spewing water vapor and ice was detected by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft in 2005. The origin of the water feeding the jets, however, was originally unknown. Since discovery, evidence has been accumulating that Enceladus has a deep underground sea, warmed by tidal flexing. Pictured here, the textured surface of Enceladus is visible in the foreground, while rows of plumes rise from ice fractures in the distance. These jets are made more visible by the Sun angle and the encroaching shadow of night. A recent fly-through has found evidence that a plume — and so surely the underlying sea — is rich in molecular hydrogen, a viable food source for microbes that could potentially be living there.

Tomorrow’s picture: sky alive


The Editor:   Is this related to the MOAB in Afghanistan, and the Pudgy Weeble in North Korea with his H-Bombs, LL ?

You Send Me Cat:  It sure is,  with every country having their own bombs it is our duty to provide our loyal readers with some way to protect their families.  This is a great way to change those obnoxious neighbors into BFF.