Friday, May 11, 2007
Moons and Rings
You know I like moons. These fantastic photos show just some of the many, many moons of Saturn and Jupiter.
1. I love this photo! This shows Saturns moon Enceladus creating one of Saturns rings. Like a comet, when the Sun hits the moon, the ice evaporates and creates a tail. Due to Saturns immense gravity the ice vapour follows Enceladus in orbit around the planet. We have never seen this view before because the Sun was behind us. It was only when the Cassini probe flew to the other side of Saturn and looked back, and Enceladus was silloutted could we see this ring creation in action.
2. Saturns moon Epimetheus against the rings.
3. My favourite moon Europa (still the best hope for extra terrestrial life, IMHO) rising over Jupiter.