Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- In, Through, and Beyond Saturn's Rings
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.
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Oh, that is wicked.
Saturn is eye candy.
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?
“The image was taken in visible blue light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 17, 2011.”
That color shot’s pretty great, btw. :’) Looks like false color, but wowzo.
That is better than Art!
Okay, this is seriously cool.
Only God could make such beauty. :)
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