Saturn’s Moon Plays Hide-and-Seek With Cassini

Article written: 14 Nov , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015


Taken during the Cassini spacecraft’s October 1 flyby of Saturn’s ice-spewing moon, this image – released today – shows a crescent-lit Enceladus with southern geysers in action… and the much smaller Epimetheus peeking out from behind!


The 70-mile (113-km) -wide Epimetheus is dwarfed by its larger sibling Enceladus, which is 313 miles (504 km) in diameter… about the width of the state of Arizona.

One of the most reflective objects in the solar system, Enceladus appears to be casting some reflected light onto Epimetheus as well. (Image processors at the Cassini Imaging Lab have brightened the moons by a factor of 1.8 relative to the rings in order to bring out detail.)

Some bright clumps of material can also be seen orbiting within Saturn’s rings at upper left, possibly stirred up by the movement of the shepherd moon Pan.

See this and more images at the CICLOPS site here.

Image credit: NASA / JPL / Space Science Institute.



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11 Responses

  1. Anonymous says

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      IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE says

      Porn sites are less intrusive than this popup.

      Now we know how you spend your spare time! 😉

    • Göran Sernhed says

      I like the recommendation and have to disagree about it being in the way. It only pops up when you scroll down to the comments and then you can easily minimize it to the right-bottom-corner. If you minimize it, it stays minimized so I personally can’t see the big problem.

  2. Torbjörn Larsson says

    I don’t see those popups on account of NoScript in FireFox environment.

    But as for new site problems, the home page script can’t seem to sum up the correct total of article comments for me. (Perhaps because of NoScript?) First it showed 0 comments starting a few weeks back; now it shows a too small sum; it does OK on the archived posts.

    • Anonymous says

      I’ve had the same problem with the article comments totals (this was long before I started using NoScript for that recent “recommended reading” popup). I still get inaccurate numbers for article comments (usually too low). No probs with archived posts though, as you noted.

      • William Sparrow says

        I’ve also encountered an issue with article comment totals, typically underreporting the number of comments associated with an article, as Jon points out. I’m also annoyed by the Recommended for you pop up. Is anyone listening? This is at least the tenth comment I’ve seen regarding this issue. I’ve tried to opt out, as well as install ad block, and neither seem to solve the problem. I’m using IE as my browser.

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        IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE says

        I’m using IE as my browser.

        Well, dude, that’s your problem; I only use IE when I want to see bloody adverts! Also, AdBlock does not work with IE.

      • William Sparrow says

        Thanks dude, but I don’t have a choice as it’s a work computer. No issues with my tablet or smartphone.

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        IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE says

        So, goofing off at work, are we? 😉

      • William Sparrow says

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