Monday, July 25, 2005

New Prometheus Image: Lumpy Prometheus

CICLOPS has released this view of Saturn's small inner moon Prometheus. Prometheus orbits on the inner edge of the F ring. In this view, you can clearly see Prometheus' irregular and oblong shape. Prometheus is only 102 km across and is too small for its gravity to pull itself into a spherical shape. Several craters are visible in this view of Prometheus' southern anti-Saturnian hemisphere. This image has a resolution of 3 km/pixel (though it has been magnified 2x to aid visibility) and was taken from a distance of 438,000 km on June 7, 2005.


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