The 10 weirdest moons in the solar system – Space June 29, 2021 – Space Saturday October 30, 2021

I saw this recently on Space These 10 super extreme exoplThe 10 weirdest moons in the solar system:.https://www.space.com/10-weirdest-solar-system-moons Slightly longer article, but here’s what I considered the first por.tion of the article. I thought it was a good Space Saturday post. I included the 10 moons below.

By Giles Sparrow All About Space magazine  June 29, 2021

Some of the most fascinating worlds in our cosmic neighborhood are not planets, but the moons that orbit around them.

All but two of our solar system‘s planets have natural satellites of one sort or another. Earth’s own moon, a beautiful but stark, dead world shaped by ancient volcanoes and countless impact craters, is undoubtedly the most familiar, but it’s far from being the most interesting. Each of the outer solar system’s giant planets is accompanied by a large retinue of satellites, many of which formed at the same time and from the same ice-rich material as the planets that host them. Although far from the sun and starved of solar heat and light, they nevertheless show as much variety as the planets themselves. 

Here, we take a trip to visit some of the strangest and most exciting of these astonishing worlds. Some, such as Jupiter’s Callisto and Saturn’s Mimas, have been frozen solid for billions of years, but bear extraordinary scars from exposure to bombardment from space. Others, such as Saturn’s shepherd moons Pan and Atlas and Neptune’s lonely Nereid, have been affected throughout their history by interactions with their neighbors. Most excitingly, some of these exotic worlds have been heated by powerful tidal forces from their parent planets, triggering phases of violent activity like those which shaped Miranda, Uranus’ Frankenstein moon. In some cases these forces are still at work today, creating fascinating bodies such as Jupiter’s tortured Io and Saturn’s icy Enceladus, whose placid exterior may even hide the greatest secret in the solar system: Extraterrestrial life itself.

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Enceladus

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Callisto

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Dactyl

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Iapetus

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Nereid

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Io

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Hyperion

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Titan

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Miranda

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Mimas

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