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Emily LakdawallaOctober 7, 2011

Saturnlit moon, sunlit fountains

It's been a week of very heavy science on this blog, so I thought it'd be nice to go into the weekend with a post in which a breathtaking picture speaks for itself, without needing my thousands of words. Here is Enceladus, its south polar plumes lit by sunlight, its seamed nightside washed with the yellow glow of Saturnlight. The image is part of the latest quarterly deposit of data into NASA's Planetary Data System made by the Cassini team this week.

Fountains of Enceladus in Saturnlit color

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Gordan Ugarkovic

Fountains of Enceladus in Saturnlit color
Here is Enceladus, its south polar plumes lit by sunlight, its seamed nightside washed with the yellow glow of Saturnlight.

Read more: Enceladus, pretty pictures, Cassini, data art (was amateur image processing), Saturn's moons

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Solar System Specialist for The Planetary Society
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