Monday, 27 March 2017

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus: Trying to Save Billions of Years by Appealing to Cosmic Collision

It looks youngish. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Joel Kontinen

If our solar system were 4.5 billion years old as we’re told, the big moons of Jupiter and Saturn as well as dwarf planets like Pluto and Ceres should be sleepy worlds.

They should definitively not have active volcanoes or sprouting geysers.

But some of them do.

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is one of these worlds that do not act their (assumed) age.

New Scientist explains:

Enceladus’ south pole is wounded, bleeding heat and water. Its injury may have come from a huge rock smashing into this frigid moon of Saturn less than 100 million years ago, leaving the area riddled with leaky cracks.”

There seems to be no evidence for this collision. But evolutionists need to explain why the moon looks too young:

The region near Enceladus’ south pole marks one of the solar system’s most intriguing mysteries. It spews plumes of liquid from an interior ocean, plus an enormous amount of heat. The south pole’s heat emission is about 10 gigawatts higher than expected – equivalent to the power of 4000 wind turbines running at full capacity. The rest of the moon, though, is cold and relatively homogeneous.”

Enceladus might also have a global ocean.

This likewise challenges belief in billions of years.


Crane, Leah. 2017. Enigmatic plumes from Saturn’s moon caused by cosmic collision. New Scientist (24 March).