: About 4.5 billion years ago
: August 28, 1789, by William Herschel
Distance from Saturn
: Between 147,214 miles (perigee) and 148,605 miles (apogee)
Distance from the Sun
: Around 886,500,000 miles
Time to Orbit Around Saturn
: Less than two Earth Days
Total Surface Area
: 496,256 square miles
14 Enceladus Facts for Kids
Enceladus formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
Enceladus was discovered on August 28, 1789, by William Herschel.
Enceladus is one of Saturn’s 82 known moons (natural satellites).
Enceladus is the sixth largest moon of Saturn.
Enceladus has a radius of about 156 miles.
The closest Enceladus gets to Saturn is 147,214 miles (perigee).
The farthest Enceladus to gets from Saturn is 148,605 miles (apogee).
It takes Enceladus less than two Earth days to orbit Saturn.
The surface of Enceladus is covered by fresh ice, which makes it one of the most reflective moons in our solar system.
Enceladus is constantly contributing to Saturn’s E ring via ice particles escaping its jet plumes.
Enceladus has ice sheets that are between 20 to 25 miles thick.
Underneath Enceladus’s ice sheets is lots and lots of water.
Complex macromolecular organics were detected in a jet plume from Enceladus in 2018.
It’s possible Enceladus could or could have evolved life.
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A photo of Enceladus taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
A photo of Enceladus setting behind the planet Saturn.
Additional Resources on Saturn's Moon Enceladus
Enceladus - Wikipedia
– Continue to explore Enceladus on the Wikipedia website.
Enceladus | Science – NASA Solar System Exploration
– Learn more about Saturn's moon Enceladus on the NASA Solar System Exploration website.
Images of Enceladus - JPL Photojournal - Nasa
– View more amazing photos of Enceladus on the JPL Photojournal website.
Enceladus: Saturn's Moon Dataset | Science On a Sphere
– Discover more facts about Enceladus on the Science On a Sphere website.