Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Has Heating Its Ocean Due To a Permeable Core for Billions of Years

The group of the US and European researchers has been working on the new modeling study for the Cassini mission of NASA. The group has recently revealed that the friction heat could help hydrothermal activity for billions of years on the Saturn’s sixth-largest moon, Enceladus if it is having a high porous core.

The study has been published in the Nature Astronomy journal that largely contribute to resolve the question that has wrestled scientists for a decade that Where does the energy to power the extraordinary geologic activity on Enceladus come from?

Enceladus is even less than one per cent the size of moon familiar to the earth and shelters a warm ocean having around 10 per cent water as much as earth contains. According to the chemical studies based on ice jets coming out of south pole of Enceladus suggest that the warm, deep water on the moon may be a ‘candy store’ for the microbes.

The scientists are yet unaware of the aliens’ existence in the distant subsurface ocean. Since, a study released on Monday in Nature Astronomy journal says that the hidden sea water of Enceladus could be billions of years older like earth’s oceans.

A leading research scientist, Carly Howett from the Southwest Research Institute stated that, “The difference between these results and previous models is not that surprising (porous cores would deform more until tidal stresses, and thus are heated more). But the magnitude of the heating is encouraging in explaining the high heat flows we see on the surface. Some of my work indicated it could be as high as 16 gigawatts across Enceladus’ south polar terrain.”

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