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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Dione in front of ringmoons

Filed under Dione, pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Saturn's small moons, Saturn's moons, many worlds, Saturn's rings

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Dione in front of ringmoons Cassini captured the images for this mosaic on December 12, 2011. The five images used in this mosaic were taken sequentially, and the background moons shifted positions between frames; this composition does not actually reflect a confluence of moons that happened at one distinct moment in time. From left to right, the ringmoons are Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Pandora.

NASA / JPL / SSI / mosaic by Emily Lakdawalla

Dione, Prometheus, and Epimetheus are all in the positions they occupied at 13:02 UTC; Pandora is positioned near where it was nine minutes later, at 13:11 UTC. Otherwise, Pandora would have been out of the frame.

Simulated view of Dione from Cassini at 13:02 on December 12, 2011

Saturn Viewer at the Rings Node

Simulated view of Dione from Cassini at 13:02 on December 12, 2011

Original image data dated on or about December 12, 2011.

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