Alien snow

Figure 4: Enceladus (top left) transits in fro...

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Do other planets have winter storms?

Today, there are more than 15 cm of snow on Southern Ontario roads.

I’m heeding the warnings police to stay off the roads and taking a snow day from work.

As I sit here in pain after a few hours of shoveling, I’m wondering.

Is the phenomena of falling snow unique to our plant or does it happen elsewhere. Do alien children have snow days too? Is this a universal problem throughout the universe?

Those questions may not be completely answered anytime soon but there’s evidence of snow in another region of our solar system.

About 1,000 miles above Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus (en-SELL-uh-duss), the Cassini spacecraft captured what could be the first picture of alien snow. Check it out at  http://www.nasaimages.org/luna/servlet/detail/nasaNAS~20~20~120738~227440:Cassini-s-Bold-Look-at-Enceladus

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About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of public education for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at www.carrmarketinggroup.com or mariocarr@cogeco.ca.
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One Response to Alien snow

  1. J.R. LeMar says:

    Reading this post makes me feel bad for complaining all day about the “cold” (ie 41-63 degrees) weather here in Southern California.

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