Thursday, August 11, 2005

New Epimetheus Image: Epimetheus on the Outside

CICLOPS released yesterday this view of Epimetheus taken from a distance of 1.8 million km on June 30. In this image, you can't seem much detail on Epimetheus from this distance but faint features within the outer A ring and the F ring are clearly visible.


Blogger Ed Rolko said...

Another great image from Cassini, but it sort of looks like Epimetheus is orbiting Saturn below the ring plane. Is this possible?

8/14/2005 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Moomaw said...

Nope -- it's just far outside the ouer edge of the rings, and Cassini was viewing both of them from above.

While it was obvious that Cassini was going to photograph some really extraordinary-looking combinations of objects during its mission, I've still been utterly amazed at some of the strange-looking combinations of rings and moons it's viewed. This is actually one of the mildest examples. Take a look at the backlog of "press release" images at the Cassini website and you'll see what I mean.

8/16/2005 05:55:00 PM  

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