Saturn’s Brightly Reflective Moon Enceladus

Saturn’s Brightly Reflective Moon Enceladus

A brightly contemplative Enceladus appears before Saturn’s rings, while a planet’s incomparable moon Titan looms in a distance.

Jets of H2O ice and fog emanating from a south stick of Enceladus, that spirit during subsurface sea abounding in organics, and glass hydrocarbons ponding on a aspect on a aspect of Titan make these dual of a many fascinating moons in a Saturnian system.

Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is in a core of a image. Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) glows faintly in a credentials over a rings. This perspective looks toward a anti-Saturn side of Enceladus and a Saturn-facing side of Titan. The northern, sunlit side of a rings is seen from only above a ringplane.

The picture was taken in manifest immature light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Mar 12, 2012. The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 600,000 miles (1 million kilometers) from Enceladus and during a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 36 degrees. Image scale is 4 miles (6 kilometers) per pixel on Enceladus.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute