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Enceladus: light from many sources

Enceladus: light from many sources

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NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Enceladus: light from many sources
In this unusual photo, Enceladus is lit by the Sun as a very thin crescent. Saturnshine illuminates part of its nightside. Light scattered by the icy particles of the E ring brightens the background. The south polar plumes scatter sunshine as well, making a fuzz at the bottom of the crescent. In the background, a few stars make streaks in this long-exposure Cassini image, which was taken on February 18, 2005.

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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 February 18, 2005

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