Definitions for "Enceladus"
Keywords:  herschel, etna, saturn, william, giant
In Greek and Roman mythology, a giant, son of Titan and Gaea. Buried by an angry Zeus under Mount Etna. When the giant hisses and thrusts out his fiery tongue, Mount Etna erupts.
Enceladus is one of the 18 moons of Saturn. It orbits at a mean distance of about 158,000 miles and revolves around Saturn in 33 hours. It has a diameter of about 400 miles. Enceladus reflects almost all of the sunlight that hits it and is very cold ( -201° C = -330° F). This icy moon was discovered by Wm. Herschel in 1789.
A moon of Saturn was discovered by William Herschel in 1789. Enceladus also is designated as "Saturn II". In Greek mythology, Enceladus was a giant speared in a battle by the goddess Athena and thrown into the volcano Mount Etna. Earthquakes in the area were thought to be caused by Enceladus.