Five of Saturn's Moons in One Breathtaking Photo

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Sometimes, things just line up perfectly. Like in this amazing photo of five of Saturn's moons together. This is no composite, this is one photo with five moons in view. You can't actually see Saturn itself, just the planet's rings.


According to the Cassini website:

Brightly reflective Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) appears above the center of the image. Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across), is bisected by the right edge of the image. The smaller moon Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) can be seen beyond Rhea also on the right side of the image.

[via MSNBC]


Corpore Metal

I'm reminded of that scene towards the end of 2001 where the moons of Jupiter align before Bowman passes through the hyperspace gateway.