Hubble Sees Moons Racing Across Saturn

This movie still captures the moons Mimas, Enceladus, and Dione as they begin their race across Saturn's disk. The still is from a movie created from images taken by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It reveals the planet's rings tilted nearly edge-on toward the Sun, an event that occurs once every 15 years. Because of this special alignment, the moons cast shadows on the planet and its rings. Dione is on the far left of the image, Mimas is in the middle, and Enceladus is on the right. Dione and Enceladus are casting long shadows on the rings. The "thumbnail" images on the left are frames from the movie that show the moons transiting the planet.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0713a
Type:Collage
Release date:20 March 2007, 18:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Dione, Enceladus, Mimas, Saturn
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Solar System : Planet : Satellite
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

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