Moonquakes could ‘smooth’ the surfaces of the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn

Moonquakes could smooth the surfaces of the moons orbiting the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn, new research has revealed. The findings could solve a long-standing mystery about why many of these icy moons have such smooth terrain.

Scientists have known for some time that some of the moons that orbit gas giants Jupiter And Saturnlargest and second largest planet in the solar system respectively, are geologically active. It is the result of the massive gravitational influence of these planets stretching and compressing the moons orbiting them, triggering moonquakes that crack the moon’s crusts and icy surfaces.

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