An email dropped into my inbox today from Carolyn Porco, director of the Cassini project. When she sends out an email blast, it’s always worth looking.
And so it was:
It’s the “Cassini’s Image of the Week,” and it happens to be of my favorite moon. Okay, one of my favorite moons.
The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn’s rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance.
Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus and hinting at a subsurface, organic-rich sea, and liquid hydrocarbons ponded on the surface Titan make these two of the most fascinating moons in the Saturnian system.
Enceladus (313 miles, 504 kilometers across) is in the center of the image. Titan (3200 miles, 5150 kilometers across) can faintly be seen in the background beyond the rings.
Ooo. Purty. And Cassini was a million kilometers away from Enceladus when it snapped this shot! Now that’s a zoom lens.
(Click the image to saturnize.)