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PS: Helene has two faces

Post by bystander » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:27 pm

Helene has two faces
Planetary Society - 2010 March 11
Emily Lakdawalla wrote:Helene is two-faced; it has two very different hemispheres. The Saturn-facing hemisphere is peppered with small impacts, little craters one to a few kilometers across (Helene is a little more than 30 kilometers in diameter). But the anti-Saturn hemisphere doesn't have that peppering of craters; there are a few, much larger craters closer to 10 kilometers across.

Why does Helene have this dichotomy? I haven't the slightest idea. The ring system is Saturnward of Helene, so maybe that peppering of impacts has something to do with the rings; I don't know. But with the benefit of this helpful montage, I can observe that that dichotomy exists, and ask for an explanation!
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Cassini's views of Helene through March 2010
Ian Regan composed this montage of Cassini's highest resolution views of Dione's co-orbital moon Helene
to attempt to make sense of the positions of its features. The small moon appears very different seen
from different angles and under different lighting conditions. (NASA / JPL / SSI / Ian Regan)

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The faces that launched a thousand ships.

Post by neufer » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:50 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen wrote:
<<Painters often depict Helen on the ramparts of Troy, her face expressionless, blank, inscrutable.
In Gustave Moreau's painting, Helen will finally become faceless; a blank eidonon in the middle of Troy's ruins.>>

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Both Frederick Leighton (left), and Gustave Moreau (right)
depict an expressionless Helen; a blank or anguished face.
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Re: PS: Helene has two faces

Post by neufer » Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:41 am

bystander wrote:Helene has two faces
Planetary Society - 2010 March 11
Emily Lakdawalla wrote:Helene is two-faced; it has two very different hemispheres. The Saturn-facing hemisphere is peppered with small impacts, little craters one to a few kilometers across (Helene is a little more than 30 kilometers in diameter). But the anti-Saturn hemisphere doesn't have that peppering of craters; there are a few, much larger craters closer to 10 kilometers across. Why does Helene have this dichotomy? I haven't the slightest idea. The ring system is Saturnward of Helene, so maybe that peppering of impacts has something to do with the rings; I don't know. But with the benefit of this helpful montage, I can observe that that dichotomy exists, and ask for an explanation!
At 6.26 Saturn radii, Helene is rather in the middle of the E Ring (at 3 – 8 Saturn radii) generated by the plumes of Enceladus (at 3.95 Saturn radii).

Hypothesis:
  • 1) E Ring particles are swept up by Dione and deposited on the leading face of Helene.

    2) Once enough E Ring particles have been deposited Helene becomes unstable
    and Helene's leading face now becomes the Saturn-facing hemisphere.
http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheStrike.htm wrote:
GEORGE: So, [Gwen is] attractive one day - not attractive the next?

JERRY: Have you come across this?

GEORGE: Yes, I am familiar with this syndrome -- she's a two-face.

JERRY: (Relating) Like the Batman villain?

GEORGE: (Annoyed) If that helps you..
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