October 25, 2011
Stunning New Cassini Image: A Quartet of Moons
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The Cassini spacecraft has sent back yet another jaw-dropping image (just one of thousands now!) of four of Saturn’s moons posing around and inside the giant planet’s rings.
And I agree with Cassini imaging team lead Carolyn Porco who said on Twitter of this image: “You’d have to be dead to tire of  such magnificent vistas of alien worlds. Eerie Titan, the rings, Pan  & Pandora. Glory!”
 Titan is the largest in the background,  and also the largest moon at 5,150 kilometres (3,200 miles) across,  with Dione in front of it, which is 1,123 kilometres (698 miles) in  diameter. Just to the right of the edge of the rings is Pandora, which  is only about 81 kilometres (50 miles) in diameter. Tiny little Pan,  only about 28 kilometres (17 miles) across, can just barely be seen as a  speck inside the Encke Gap of the A ring on the left side of the image  (look closely!).
Another amazing natural montage showing the alien beauty of the worlds in the Saturnian system. The full-size image can be seen here.
(via universetoday)

Stunning New Cassini Image: A Quartet of Moons

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back yet another jaw-dropping image (just one of thousands now!) of four of Saturn’s moons posing around and inside the giant planet’s rings.

And I agree with Cassini imaging team lead Carolyn Porco who said on Twitter of this image: “You’d have to be dead to tire of such magnificent vistas of alien worlds. Eerie Titan, the rings, Pan & Pandora. Glory!”

 Titan is the largest in the background, and also the largest moon at 5,150 kilometres (3,200 miles) across, with Dione in front of it, which is 1,123 kilometres (698 miles) in diameter. Just to the right of the edge of the rings is Pandora, which is only about 81 kilometres (50 miles) in diameter. Tiny little Pan, only about 28 kilometres (17 miles) across, can just barely be seen as a speck inside the Encke Gap of the A ring on the left side of the image (look closely!).

Another amazing natural montage showing the alien beauty of the worlds in the Saturnian system. The full-size image can be seen here.

(via universetoday)

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