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The Glory of the Moons

7 Mar 2011, 21:47 UTC
The Glory of the Moons
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NASA’s Cassini Orbiter never ceases to produce stunning images;
Cassini - Saturn, Titan, Enceladus and Pandora Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
The image shows Saturn clearly on the right hand side, with spectacular storm patterns visible in its atmosphere. The planet’s rings are also clearly visible, complete with their shadow falling on the upper clouds of their parent planet.
The large moon is the monstrous Titan – at nearly 5200 kilometres across Titan is Saturn’s largest moon and the second largest in the Solar System after Jupiter’s Ganymede. Titan is also the only moon in the Solar System to have a substantial atmosphere. A permanent orange smog rich in methane and hydrocarbons surrounds the moon making it impossible to study its surface without the use of radar and I-R imaging techniques.
The tiny dot sitting just below the rings on the far right is the smaller icy moon Enceladus. Famous for its cryovolcanic jets that fire huge amounts of water high above its surface. Enceladus is much smaller than Titan at 504 kilometres across but even this is massive compared to the third moon in the image.
To the far left is a tiny speck that marks the tiny moon Pandora. ...

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