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Saturn from the Surface of Enceladus

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Saturn from the Surface of Enceladus
"While the surface of Enceladus is reported to be as brilliant as snow in full sun, it would probably appear leaden about an hour before sunrise with a crescent Saturn as the only source of illumination. Subtending an angle of 29° in Enceladus' sky (the same width as 58 Earth moons lined up side-by-side in Earth's sky) Saturn would be a stunning panorama.

This image also illustrates a phenomenon only recently discovered by NASA's Cassini probe: sunlight reflecting off of Saturn's rings casts a faint glow onto the cloud tops of Saturn's night side. The illumination is about the same as three of Earth's full moon combined."

Walter Myers   © 2006
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Jun 25, 2009 at 6:45 AM):
Larry J (Jun 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM):
A very atmospheric image of something that happens, no matter what our earthly concerns. Saturn and it's companions danced for millions of years before I was born, and will do so after I die. Disturbing thought.

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