CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Cassini's Holiday Greetings!

Saturn's moons are captured in an age-old celestial ballet and presented here as holiday gifts from the Cassini Imaging Team. (Image advisory can be found here.)

Dec 23, 2009: Catching Big Sister - The small moon Janus overtakes the larger moon Rhea in a dance played out before Saturn and its rings.
Dec 23, 2009: Moon Jumble - A gaggle of moons, featuring Rhea and three other moons, parade around Saturn's rings in this movie from Cassini.
Dec 23, 2009: Moons in Motion - The moon Tethys is upstaged by two smaller moons in this movie from Cassini.
Dec 23, 2009: Before a Veiled Rhea - The small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea which is partly obscured by Saturn's rings in this movie from Cassini.
Dec 23, 2009: Ring Shadows on Janus - Sunlight passing through the Cassini Division between Saturn's A and B rings sweeps across and illuminates the surface of the moon Janus in this movie captured shortly after Saturn's August 2009 equinox.
Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Dec 28, 2009 at 12:48 PM):
Firewoman: What does `share' mean in this case? You can certainly provide a link to it, if that's what you mean.
Firewoman (Dec 28, 2009 at 1:27 AM):
Would it be OK for me to share your website in my new Astronomy blog? Should I Google Share or extract select info?
brainiac9129 (Dec 27, 2009 at 1:46 PM):
Hello Team. This is a great Christmas gift for us all, and I wish all the best to you, also a great 2010, full of great discoveries, for sure. Keep up the nice work.
stowaway (Dec 25, 2009 at 12:07 PM):
I saw the musical version at the NASA site and was charmed. Merry Christmas to Captain Caroline and everyone on the imaging team. You guys have really given us a great year at Saturn. Thanks!
TomMadigan (Dec 24, 2009 at 8:28 AM):
Brilliant, as usual! An appropriate audio track for these superlative clips would be Tschaikowsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"!

Thanks, Carolyn, for another great year of science, discovery and a treasure trove of unforgettable images!

Best to all for the holidays and the coming New Year

Red_dragon (Dec 23, 2009 at 3:26 PM):
"Dance of the rings (and moons)". Excellent work, CICLOPS!.