Scientists using the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory have just found where the water and oxygen in Saturn’s upper atmosphere comes from: it’s geyser-moon Enceladus!
The epic geysers on Enceladus are known to blast lots of water into space, but now we know that that water forms a giant taurus around Saturn. While most of the water-ice is turned into hydrogen and elemental oxygen in space, some of it makes its way to Saturn’s upper atmosphere. For over a decade we’ve known Saturn to have oxygen and water in his upper atmosphere, but we’ve had NO IDEA HOW. Until now!
Read more at the European Space Agency’s website! Or read the article Direct Detection of the Enceladus Water Torus with Herschel in Astronomy & Astrophysics!

Scientists using the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory have just found where the water and oxygen in Saturn’s upper atmosphere comes from: it’s geyser-moon Enceladus!

The epic geysers on Enceladus are known to blast lots of water into space, but now we know that that water forms a giant taurus around Saturn. While most of the water-ice is turned into hydrogen and elemental oxygen in space, some of it makes its way to Saturn’s upper atmosphere. For over a decade we’ve known Saturn to have oxygen and water in his upper atmosphere, but we’ve had NO IDEA HOW. Until now!

Read more at the European Space Agency’s website! Or read the article Direct Detection of the Enceladus Water Torus with Herschel in Astronomy & Astrophysics!