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Half-phase Dione rotating (13-image animation)

Half-phase Dione rotating (13-image animation)

NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Half-phase Dione rotating (13-image animation)
This animation consists of 13 images of Dione taken about twice per hour over a period of six hours. Over that time, Dione's "wispy terrain" -- now known to be networks of crisp fractures in Dione's icy crust -- passes from day into night, and the long shadows caused by the low sun at the dusk terminator trace the topography of the fractures.

Images were taken from 00:04:49 to 06:17:13.

Processing consisted of enlarging the original 512-pixel-square images by a factor of two, then of aligning and animating them.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about October 1, 2011

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