Saturn's Moon Enceladus Looks Intimidating in NASA Photo

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 8:37PM
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 8:37PM
Saturn's Moon Enceladus Looks Intimidating in NASA Photo
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Out of the dozens of moons in orbit around Saturn, the icy Enceladus (while not always as popular as its fellow moon Titan) is a fascinating one, and one of the few spots in the solar system which could potentially support life.

It also looks really striking in the right light, as a recent photo released by NASA shows. While the Cassini space probe is long dead as of last September, it took an enormous amount of photos of Saturn, and NASA finally got around to revealing a particularly evocative one showing Enceladus in silhouette over Saturn's rings.

And as a bonus, you can see the smaller moon Pandora in the background as well. Check it out for yourself:




According to NASA, Cassini was about 149,600 miles (240,800 kilometers) away from Enceladus when the photo was taken. And with Enceladus being a rather small 314 miles (505 km) in diameter, it looks absolutely tiny compared to the vast swaths of Saturn's rings just behind it.

What's not visible is the large oceans that scientists suspect to be just below the moon's surface, but we won't really be able to get a good look at that until we actually send a spacecraft there to start exploring.

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