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Moons Small to Large
Date: 15 Jan 2011

The Cassini spacecraft views Saturn with a selection of its moons in varying sizes.


Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is in the center of the image. Titan is 5,150 km, or 3,200 miles, across. The smaller moon Enceladus (504 km, or 313 miles across) is on the far right, appearing just below the rings. The tiny moon Pandora (81 km, or 50 miles across) is barely detectable as a speck on the far left, beyond the thin F ring. To enhance visibility, Pandora has been brightened by a factor of two relative to the rest of the image.


This view looks toward anti-Saturn side of Titan and toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.


The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on 15 Jan. 2011 using a combination of polarized and spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nm. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 844,000 km (524,000 miles) from Titan and at a sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 78 degrees. Image scale is 50 km (31 miles) per pixel.


Last Update: 4 Apr 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute



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