Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Return of Summer / Alien Life in the Solar System (part 3)

For some reason summer has decided to visit us again in Sydney despite it being a month away from winter. This has been a nice excuse to wear some summery outfits and (if you saw my instagram yesterday) indulge in all-day-long-"no-pants"-days at the beach.

On days like these, boater hats and lace shirts are a must. Although I was getting sick of the heat, I am going to embrace these last couple of days of pseduo-summer before it switches over into full-blown winter.

dress - Paddy's Markets
shirt - c/o Oasap
necklace - c/o Merrin & Gussy
socks - Cotton On
hat -  c/o Wholesale
shoes - c/o Chictopia

So picture Saturn's 6th largest moon, Enceladus. It's not very large - it's about 7 times smaller in diameter than our own moon (in length, it would fit inside Great Britain). Enceladus is moon that is totally covered in ice, but if you look towards the South Pole you might see massive water spouts shooting out from underground. Some of this falls back down on you as snow, and some of it floats off to become part of Saturn's rings. Saturn hangs in the sky overhead. It's a pretty magical scene. 

But are there any little alien critters on Enceladus that might also be gazing up at the sky in wonder?
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This moon is thought by some to be a better candidate for life than Europa, because the water exists near the surface rather than underneath a thick ice-crust. The moon also has an atmosphere, and last year it was discovered that the geysers (the water spouts) not only spew out water, but also organic compounds propane, ethane and acetylene. This is a great indication for possible alien life. Furthermore, the water in Enceladus' subsurface ocean is kept warm by what seems to be geothermal activity, much like on Earth with our deep-ocean vents (around which life a whole lot of strange life flourishes). 

So could there be life on this tiny world? Well, it's about as friendly to life as Titan and Europa are. In fact, Enceladus would be even easier to gain information about than these two moons, because of its water spouts, meaning that a probe equipped to recognise complex organic molecules could merely fly through them and it wouldn't even have to land on the surface. I'm all for a mission to Saturn's moons, which does a fly-by of Enceladus before visiting Titan, as suggested by this Nature article.

I hope you're all enjoying your weekends!

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  1. So lovely Miss! <3 That necklace is adorable and how wonderful are you in that second pose? :*

  2. As always such a cute outfit c:
    I'm trying to imagine the potential strange creatures that could possibly
    live on that small moon. Deep-sea earth creatures fascinate me though-- but they are still a little bit scary and bizarre (Goblin sharks make me cry). I think alien deep sea creatures might be terrifying! I hope one day scientists can find more evidence about Saturn's moons it's of exciting to think about or imagine other life in our solar system.

    1. Oh god why did I just look up goblin sharks? *Shudder* although my first reaction was to laugh at it's funny nose, haha.
      I hope so too! I think in the next 20 years we'll have some idea if there is any alien life on these moons!

  3. So adorable. I love the crochet top and how you mixed it with polka dots! :D

  4. You're such a cutie pie! I love that polka dot skirt (dress?). I keep forgetting summer is ending for you, and our warm weather is just beginning!

    xox Sammi

  5. oh god, your smile sometimes looks so... cunning :D i love it
    and cute outfit as always, ideal for summer days (and I can't help it but Australia is so weird, you have summer when most of the world has winter and when you have winter, you have summer anyways :D sounds like paradise actually :D)

    Ice Age

    1. Cunning?? Haha oh no... I really didn't intend to be...

  6. Well, I must mention that your articles are pretty interesting, especially those about moon :)
    What about the outfit- you look fantastic :) I really like this dress and I guess it's perfect look for summer:)

  7. The water from those cryovolcanoes sometimes makes it all the way to Saturn, I really want to live on a planet near a moon like that, "Ah, lovely day for some spacerain."
    I like Enceladus for potential life, a lot, it really appeals to me thermally.

    This moon is crazy beautiful, it's relationship with E-ring is awesome, I love this moon. I also love that awesome shirt.

  8. This is kind of off topic, but I was wondering what kind of sewing machine you use? I want to start making my own clothes, but I have no idea what machine to buy. I'm not a complete novice, I can sew (fairly) well, but I just don't know where to get started :)

    1. It's a Brother LS-2150. I definitely recommend it for starting-out-sewing, it's an extremely simple machine to use (but you can also get a little bit complicated with it if you wanted to). It's been extremely reliable, and easy to use for someone who is also pretty much a complete novice ;)

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  10. This outfit is just the cutest ever. I really love your lace top and wish I had one like it because I think it'd make remixing dresses in the summer so easy.


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