Ah yes, we are seeing it "upside down" so to speak. The harder edged delineating line is the nearer rim of the crater and the ink splotches near the bottom left of center are shadows being cast by features inside the crater. If you rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise it makes a lot more sense.
The description says this is an image of Saturn? It appears the diagonal slash is a portion which has been "stretched" to give the illusion of looking straight down on this area. Either that or the picture was taken with the Escher-cam.
I'm not an expert on these things so listen close cuz I'm going to give you the true scoop on this. Saturn has burped. I've heard that deep down inside Jupiter there is some stuff called "metallic hydrogen". Can you imagine what that would be like? Well, neither can I, so that's proof enough for me.
Open the Pod Bay doors Hal... that thing might be full of stars!
I actually had a dream about Enceladus just a couple of nights ago. It seems a mysterious "sonic resonance" was detected by observers on Earth as well as by the team at the outpost on Enceladus. Yes, they heard it too!
Personally, I really miss the daily "Latest Sight" images. They keep me in touch with the Cassini program of exploration much better than once a week images and/or email alerts. For several years now, visiting Saturn has been a part of my daily life. This has been the first website I would visit each morning and I have learned a great deal and collected each of the images for my Cassini screensaver. But I also understand someone (probably Professor Porco herself) has to take the time to select, post and comment on the images but I feel it is a very worthwhile undertaking.
These are beautiful! Taken on September 4, 2010 and received on Earth September 4, 2010 and seen by me on September 4, 2010. I can remember when I would have had to wait a couple of months to see only one or two of these in the magazines of the time.
That's what I thought too. That we are looking right down a plum of venting water vapor. Is that the case or is the brightening an albedo feature on the surface? Hope someone on the imaging team can verify that one way or the other.
I have to admit I am a little confused about exactly what I am seeing in this image. Maybe the viewing geometry could be explained a little. Where is the terminator, the limb, the horizon, the Sun? The black portion at the bottom almost appears to be a separate object with the surface of Enceladus receding above it.
Imaging Team! You have done it again! Wow! Wow! Wow!
It all started when Venus' atmosphere began to go greenhouse. Many of the humans escaped to the next planet. They called it Earth. But one of the spacecraft missed Earth and traveled for many many years, finally arriving at the Saturn system and crashing on Enceladus. The survivors burrowed beneath the surface and began to send out a distress signal. They knew the other humans would be drawn it when their explorations took them to Saturn because it adhered to the three tenets of the ancient Venusian code; "Follow the Water. Don't be fooled by fluorocarbons. (And don't you eat that yellow snow!)"
Amazing! I must have missed the earlier PIA11663 - "Shadows in the F ring" image. But it's not hard for me to imagine that these objects would have inclined orbits. Seems there are many possible scenarios to explain it.
These pictures are absolutely incredible. I have been watching the shadowpix with great interest but these latest are a giant leap. This has caused a major overloading of my Wowmeter. And it's only going to get better in the months to come. So much to look forward to. I'm sure you've got some great images planned for the equinox! Man! This is really exciting! Congratulations to all of you there. You... are... appreciated!
trying to figure out the viewing geometry of these pictures can sometimes drive me nuts... if we knew the exact time the picture was taken we could use the solar system simulator to verify our guesses... but I think you are correct... Saturn is to the left... or... Enceladus is silhouetted against the dark side of Saturn and is illuminated on the left by *ringshine*