Methanol Discovered Around Enceladus

IAS Prelims 2023

Scientists have detected large quantities of methanol molecules around Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

The discovery was made by the Cassini spacecraft, which has since flown through the plumes and sampled organic compounds.

The latest results, however, were gained using the IRAM 30-metre radio telescope in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, and reveal a higher-than-expected quantity of the molecule methanol around Enceladus.