Cassini, the Little Space Probe That Could, has been returning yet more drop dead gorgeous images of the Saturn system. The latest that made a bunch of blogs and news pages was one of four moons all in the same frame, and it was beautiful, but I prefer this one. Four moons heck, how about five?
The NASA caption says:
Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across) is on the far left. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across) orbits between the A ring and the thin F ring near the middle of the image. Brightly reflective Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across) appears above the center of the image. Saturn’s second largest moon, Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across), is bisected by the right edge of the image. The smaller moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) can be seen beyond Rhea also on the right side of the image.
Rhea is centered so perfectly on Saturn’s rings in this image that at first glance it looks like it is Saturn. Then you realize whoops, the surface is all wrong and there’s no atmosphere and oh yeah, no rings in front of it. But for a moment, it’s a neat optical illusion. Not that you need an illusion to be knocked out by this image.
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