See pic: Saturn in all its glory and the dwarf moon!

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 8 degrees above the ring plane.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016, 09:34 AM IST
See pic: Saturn in all its glory and the dwarf moon!
Image courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: NASA's Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has long since been treating viewers and space enthusiasts alike to stunning images of Saturn in all its mighty glory, along with its moons, Tethys, Titan and Enceladus.

NASA has been updating us with every revelation connected to Saturn and its gradual evolution with Cassini making super close flyby's to capture the best images, be it the ice on Enceladus and finding a global ocean on it, or the most recent one being how Tethys and Enceladus joined to make a bullseye-like pose for Cassini's camera!

 

The latest photograph posted by NASA is of how gigantic Saturn is and how small its moons look in comparison. Saturn is around 10 times the diameter of planet Earth and with a diameter of about 72,400 miles (116,500 kilometers), the planet simply dwarfs its entourage of moons.

Tethys, one of Saturn's moons, has been photographed at about 660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across the giant planet.

 

As per NASA, This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 8 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 7, 2015 using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.6 million kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 10 miles (16 kilometers) per pixel. Tethys is slightly closer at 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) away, for an image scale of 9 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel.