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Emily LakdawallaOctober 12, 2005

Animation from Cassini's approach to Dione

The images from Cassini's Dione encounter yesterday have started coming back, and there is a really cool set of 16 pictures of Dione and Rhea. Cassini's cameras are kept locked on Dione, so if you stack them together and animate them like a flip book, Rhea appears to zip behind Dione. Pretty cool! There are three frames missing toward the end, which is why it appears to stop and start; when those images are returned I'll add them in to the animation.

Partial eclipse of Rhea by Dione

NASA / JPL / SSI / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

Partial eclipse of Rhea by Dione
As Cassini zoomed toward its October 11, 2005 encounter with Dione, it caught Rhea traveling behind Dione in a 16-frame movie.

Read more: Dione, Cassini, pretty pictures, Rhea, amateur image processing, Saturn's moons, animation

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