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Pretty picture: Enceladus, in lovely color

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

06-02-2012 14:38 CST

Topics: Enceladus, pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Saturn's moons

Here's an awesome picture to start off the week. The data came from Cassini's flyby of Enceladus on January 31, 2011; it was part of Cassini's January 2012 data release. Most of the visible globe is lit by yellowish light reflected first from Saturn; only a thin crescent receives sunlight. At bottom center, Enceladus' south polar plumes erupt into space. They are back-lit by the Sun. As usual for awesome Cassini color photos posted here, this one was processed by Gordan Ugarkovic.

Enceladus in Color

NASA / JPL / SSI / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

Enceladus in Color
 
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Comments:

geolindon: 12/01/2015 01:41 CST

some of the material ejected by Enceladus' "geysers" escapes it's gravity to form the E ring. and in today's NASA pic of the day it certainly looks like a little moon rocketing along by Saturn's rings, do the escaping-material-jets have a measurable effect on E's orbit?

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