Helene in front of Saturn. Image credit: NASA Cassini

Helene in front of Saturn. Image credit: NASA Cassini

Helene, a small moon of Saturn, still has some mysteries about its orbit and surface!

Not much can be said about this moon, but there are some cool facts about it! Here's the Top 5 cool facts about Helene!

1-It was discovered in 1980, and named in 1988 after Helen of Troy, the granddaughter of Cronus (Saturn) of Greek Mythology. 

2-It is not a round moon, so the longest portion of it is measured at 43.3 kilometers. 

3-The Voyager flybys gave us somewhat close up views in the 1980s, but it wasn't until Cassini in 2010 that we got our first glimpse at the weird surface!

4-The surface shows almost flowing features. What could make the surface do these intricate patterns is still unknown. We guess it may be a mixture of ice and clays!

5-It is one of four Trojan moons, broadly meaning it has a co-moon habitat. 

Helene as seen by Cassini. Note the complexity of the surface flows! What could have caused these?! Image credit: NASA Cassini

Helene as seen by Cassini. Note the complexity of the surface flows! What could have caused these?! Image credit: NASA Cassini

Thank you for reading and visit next time for a look at the Chandra Telescope!