Dear Earth Moon, we need some space: 6 Sexier Moons in our Solar System

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While our moon is known for its rich multi-cultural reputation, like being the cause of lunacy and making some people get a tad too furry when full, it really only has a handful of unique real world qualities. Yes, its gravitational pull affects our ocean tides as well as the minute lengthening of the day. And every so often it creates a most beautiful sight (that-should-only-be-witnessed-with-the-proper-eyeguard-lest-you-go-blind) during eclipses with the Sun.

But our moon has hogged our attention for too long as one of the most used motifs in music (“Fly Me to the Moon”), film (Wallace and Gromit’s A Grand Day Out), tasty beer (Blue Moon), prose (“Goodnight, Moon”) and visual arts (“Starry Night”). Time to give our moon a break and creatively explore the other more interesting moons in our Solar System that could maybe be the next source of artistic inspiration. Or beer.


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Mimas
I know you want to say, “That’s no moon.” but it is—it really is. That’s because of Hershel, an impact crater that makes the Saturn moon look uncannily like The Death Star from some angles. Mimas gets even nerdier because when you look at its temperature map: It transforms into Pac-Man eating a power pellet. This moon is the ultimate cosplayer of the Solar System.
Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video


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Miranda
Two words: ICE VOLCANOES! Uranus’ moon has Cryo-Volcanoes or geysers that erupt and canyons 12 times deeper than the Grand Canyon. But talk about having personal space issues! Miranda’s sky is mostly taken up by Uranus as it’s only the moon in our solar system that is closest to its planet.
Photo credit: infringer1


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Hyperion
Hyperion is the quirky moon.  It’s shaped like a baked potato and wobbles….a lot. The wibbly wobbly effect is said to have been caused by it being knocked out of whack because its axis no longer points toward its planet. This Saturn moon also appears to be “foamy”. Scientists speculate that it’s composed of what can be likened to Packing Peanuts. How awesome is that? Who hasn’t dreamed of diving into a pool of those soft pellets of fun? We’re talking about an entire SQUISHY moon!
Photo credit: Euclid vanderKroew


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Europa
Evidence suggests that there is a vast liquid ocean beneath Europa’s icy salt water surface. Why is this amazing? The fact that Jupiter has a moon that contains water at twice the volume of our ocean indicates that microbial life is a likelihood, especially since it’s believed to be warm.  These conditions make it the moon with the highest probability for life in our solar system.
Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video


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Titan
Titan has been called “Baby Earth” but too bad that it’s pretty far away. This Saturn moon has a dense atmosphere with rain and snow. Not to mention geological features like lakes, valleys, plains and deserts. One of the plains is even named Arrakis Planitia after Frank Herbert’s Dune. However no sign of sandworm activity has been reported.
Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center


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Enceladus
Another Saturn moon and this one also has CRYO-VOLANOES! These are so aggressive that they literally erupt into space and hit Saturn itself. Even with its temper problems, Enceladus is emerging as what could possibly be the most habitable spot beyond Earth in our Solar System. What makes this moon a biomarker is the fact that it has liquid water, nitrogen (in the form of ammonia), and an energy source that could theoretically be the right ingredients for a life stew. So there may or may not be alien life there…
Photo credit: thebadastronomer


There you have it, a wealth of moons with interesting traits that are worth getting to know a little better. Granted, most of the list is comprised of moons from one planet, but hey —
“Four for you, Saturn! You Go, Saturn!”

Saturn is our Glen Coco when it comes to getting the four most awesome moons on this list.
“And none for you, Earth Moon”

Just kidding, Earth still loves you.

For now.

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