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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- In, Through, and Beyond Saturn's Rings
NASA ^ | October 26, 2011 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 10/26/2011 3:35:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: A fourth moon is visible on the above image if you look hard enough. First -- and farthest in the background -- is Titan, the largest moon of Saturn and one of the larger moons in the Solar System. The dark feature across the top of this perpetually cloudy world is the north polar hood. The next most obvious moon is bright Dione, visible in the foreground, complete with craters and long ice cliffs. Jutting in from the left are several of Saturn's expansive rings, including Saturn's A ring featuring the dark Encke Gap. On the far right, just outside the rings, is Pandora, a moon only 80-kilometers across that helps shepherd Saturn's F ring. The fourth moon? If you look closely in the Encke Gap you'll find a speck that is actually Pan. Although one of Saturn's smallest moons at 35-kilometers across, Pan is massive enough to help keep the Encke gap relatively free of ring particles.

October 26, 2011

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; saturn; science
[Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA]

1 posted on 10/26/2011 3:35:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 10/26/2011 3:36:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, that is wicked.


3 posted on 10/26/2011 3:45:25 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: SunkenCiv

Saturn is eye candy.


4 posted on 10/26/2011 3:47:03 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sort of the Age of Aquarius, Saturn Style.

These photos are like true life science fiction illustrations. Saturn is now a place, not an imagination.

Was this in color?


5 posted on 10/26/2011 4:35:19 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: cicero2k
Here is a color pic from one of the links above, though I personally like today's black and white shot. It's got a Walter Cronkite sort of feel to it (:
6 posted on 10/26/2011 4:45:08 PM PDT by .30Carbine
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Click the Pic               Thank you, JoeProBono

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7 posted on 10/26/2011 5:15:44 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: .30Carbine

Beautiful!


8 posted on 10/26/2011 5:21:09 PM PDT by ixtl ( You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: cicero2k; .30Carbine

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA14579

“The image was taken in visible blue light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 17, 2011.”


9 posted on 10/26/2011 5:43:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: .30Carbine

That color shot’s pretty great, btw. :’) Looks like false color, but wowzo.


10 posted on 10/26/2011 5:46:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is better than Art!


11 posted on 10/26/2011 5:52:05 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: SunkenCiv

Okay, this is seriously cool.


12 posted on 10/26/2011 5:53:34 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Barack suffers from ADD -- "Additional Deficit Disorder".)
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To: SunkenCiv

Only God could make such beauty. :)


13 posted on 10/26/2011 6:36:39 PM PDT by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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