Water in Saturn’s Rings & Moons Mirrors Earth’s –“Except for ‘Out-of-this-World’ Phoebe “

 

 

The water in Saturn’s rings and satellites is like that on Earth except for its bastard moon  Phoebe, “which is out of this world,” was the first target encountered upon the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft in the Saturn system in 2004, observed the Planetary Science Institute. Phoebe is very dark, reflecting only 6 percent of the sunlight it receives. Its darkness and irregular, retrograde orbit suggest Phoebe is most likely a captured Centaur from the outer solar system.

(more…)

"The Galaxy" in Your Inbox, Free, Daily