The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

The Big Picture: Enceladus

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture is spectacular this week, featuring Saturn’s Moon Ecneladus as seen by the Cassini spacecraft. Here is my favorite.

Okay, there are actually three objects in this picture. First you will notice an edge on view of Saturn’s rings.  The big dark circle with a ring of light is Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.  Titan has a thick atmosphere that scatters sunlight making that distinctive ring.  Then you will see the small dark moon Enceladus about 2 O’clock on the ring of light around Titan.  Since we see the Sun eclipsed, we are looking at the night side of both of the Moons.

Be sure to check out the entire collection of pictures.

October 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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