Three of Saturn’s Moons in One Shot Captured by NASA’s Cassini

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured an incredible image of three crescent moons orbiting the planet Saturn on March 25, 2015. These three moons are – Titan (3,200 miles or 5,150 kilometers across), Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), and Rhea (949 miles or 1,527 kilometers across).

Triple Crescents

Triple Crescents (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

The largest moon in this image is Titan which appears fuzzy because of it’s cloud layers and because it’s atmosphere refracts light around the moon. Rhea is in upper left in the image and appears rough because its icy surface is heavily cratered. Third one is the Mimas at the center in the bottom.

“The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (2.0 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale at Titan is 75 miles (121 kilometers) per pixel. Mimas was 1.9 million miles (3.1 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 11.4 miles (18.4 kilometers) per pixel. Rhea was 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 13.1 miles (21.1 kilometer) per pixel.” says NASA.

(via NASA)


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