NASA Captures Saturn's Moons As They Align To Perfection

Posted: Dec 16 2015, 9:51pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

NASA Captures Saturn's Moons as They Align to Perfection
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Saturn's moons Enceladus and Tethys are lined up so perfectly that NASA called it 'bull's-eye moons'.

Two of Saturn’s moons were found cuddling up for a family photo in deep space.

Enceladus, the smaller moon and Tethys, the bigger one, are aligned so perfectly that they are creating a cosmic ‘bull’s-eye.’

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped the picture when it was a perfect distance from both the moons, about 1.3 miles away from Enceladus and 1.6 miles away from Tethys. Since both moons are so close to each other, just 300,000 miles apart, the image is also revealing the actual size of both objects. Enceladus, in the forefront, is about 313 miles across whereas Tethys which can be seen behind is more than double the size of Enceladus and is 660 miles across.

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The image also shows multiple rings that orbit around Saturn and is captured in red light through a narrow-angled camera affixed on Cassini spacecraft.

Saturn has more than 50 moons which vary in diameter ranging from less than 1 kilometer across to 5,000 kilometers. Nine of Saturn's moons are not named yet. The latest stunning image of two of Saturn’s moons was captured on September 24 and released on Monday this week.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been studying Saturn and its various moons ever since it reached the orbit of the second-largest planet of the solar system in 2004. The unmanned spacecraft was originally launched in October 1997 and has been capturing remarkable images of the planet and objects associated with it from time to time.

Source: NASA Blog

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