Enceladus, Prometheus, and the F ring
Filed under pretty pictures, many worlds, amateur image processing, Saturn's moons, Saturn's rings, Enceladus, Saturn's small moons, Cassini
Cassini captured this bizarre view of Enceladus while the moon was in Saturn's shadow, on approach to its November 2 close encounter with the moon. This approximate true color composite shows Enceladus and its plumes silhouetted against the F ring, with the barely Saturnlit night side of Prometheus below and to the right.
NASA / JPL / SSI / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic
This version of the image contains many artifacts due to the JPEG compression of Cassini's raw images; a better version will be possible once the data are released to the PDS.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
to request publication permission from the copyright holder.
Original image data dated on or about November 2, 2009