Tuesday, July 12, 2005

New Promtheus Image: Solar Eclipses… Daily

CICLOPS has released this low resolution view of Saturn's small inner moon Prometheus. This image was taken on June 3 from a distance of 2.1 million km, leading to a resolution of 13 km/pixel. Prometheus is seen here shortly after emerging from the shadow of Saturn, which it enters daily. Satellites farther from Saturn, like Enceladus or Titan, can also undergo these eclipses, but only during the few years surrounding equinox, which next takes place in Aug. 2009. However, satellites like Prometheus undergo eclipses even near solstice, meaning an observer near the sub-Saturnian point on the satellite would never see the sun at high noon.


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