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  1. #1 Enceladus rains water on Saturn 
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    I was just pointed to a great discovery made by the Herschel Space Observatory run by ESA. Scientists have discovered that water expelled from the moon Enceladus forms a torus of water vapour around Saturn which is then accreted and incorporated into its atmosphere. This discovery solves the mystery of the nature of the water in the upper atmosphere of Saturn.

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    ESA Portal - Enceladus rains water onto Saturn


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    Neat stuff.

    Why don't they call it snow?


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    One thing about Enceladus that has always confused me is that it is such a small moon, yet it has produced the whole E-Ring of Saturn's ring system and "now" water in Saturn's upper atmosphere (from its geyser activity). It must be larger than I thought- perhaps it was actually much larger back when it was formed?
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    Regarding water (the term water is used because there is CO2 and other gases, snow) in space, some links:


    Star found shooting water bullets:


    Star Found Shooting Water "Bullets"


    And the largest and furthest water reservoir in the known universe:


    Moist black hole home to largest and farthest water reservoir ever detected in the universe | Mail Online

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