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Enceladus by Alpha-Element Enceladus by Alpha-Element
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wow, i seem to be popping thee out by the day now!:) and with each one, the realism increases!:D another one of my favourite moons in the solar system, enceladus!:) also, i included the moons mimas to the right of enceladus and titan to the right of saturn. i also if you look closely at enceladus' south polar region, you can see the cryogeysers too. :) and again, i enjoyed making this one and love how it came out because it looks just so natural!:D so please allow your eyes feast upon the image and all of its glory!:D thats just another way of saying enjoy the image!:meow:
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Enceladus

 :bulletblue:name: ........................... Enceladus
 :bulletblue:satellite of planet: ........... Saturn
 :bulletblue:radius: ........................... 0.0395 earth radii
 :bulletblue:mass: ............................ 0.000018 earth masses
 :bulletblue:average density: ............. 1.61 g/cc
 :bulletblue:surface gravity: ............... 0.0113 earth gravity
 :bulletblue:rotation period: ............... tidally locked
 :bulletblue:atm. comp.: .................... water vapour, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, methane
 :bulletblue:atm. density: .................. extremely thin
 :bulletblue:surface temp: ................. 75 Kelvin 

 :bulletblue:orbital direction: .............. prograde
 :bulletblue:orbital inclination: ............ 0.019° with respect to the saturn's equator
 :bulletblue:orbital eccentricity: .......... 0.0047
 :bulletblue:mean orbital distance: ...... 3.95 saturnian radii
 :bulletblue:orbital period: ................. 1.37 earth days

enceladus is the sixth largest major moon of saturn and also the brightest body in the solar system, reflecting nearly 99% of the light that falls on its surface. the moon has a region near its southern pole called the 'tiger stripes'. here, huge cryogeysers spew large quantities of frozen salt water from the moons sub surface ocean, said to harbor at least microbial life. this frozen water constantly replenishes saturn's  E ring and retains it. this sub surface ocean arrises due to tidal heating of the moon's interior through gravitational interactions with the other moons and saturn.
there has been talk to send a probe to the moon in the future to investigate the sub surface ocean for life. because of this ocean, the moon is said to be similar to jupiter's moon europa, which also has a sub surface ocean under its ice sheets and probably life in it as well. the moon is currently the most habitabitable body in our solar system after earth. the moon is also in a 2:1 orbital resonance with outer moon dione and completes two orbits around the planet for every one that dione completes.

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NOTE:

in actuality, the rings are nearly invisibly thin as seen from enceladus and are only shown thick here for artistic reasons.
also in reality, the orbit of the inner moon mimas, allows the moon to reach the height from the rings as seen in the image.

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comments, favs and critiques are always welcomed and appreciated!:)

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xtessa1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Awesome!
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Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!:)
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VampireDGhost Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah!)
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Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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ptiboute Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I love the atmosphère and the light
thanks for the share and the great job :)
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Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks and glad you like it!:)
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Ayceman Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
My favorite little moon - awesomely rendered!
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Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it!:)
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jhmart1 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Wow, this is good!
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