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Ultraviolet Enceladus

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute2004-09-23

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Looking beyond Saturn's south pole, this was the Cassini spacecraft's view of the distant, icy moon Enceladus on July 28, 2004. The planet itself shows few obvious features at these ultraviolet wavelengths, due to scattering of light by molecules of the gases high in the atmosphere. Enceladus is 499 kilometers (310 miles) wide.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera at a distance of 7.4 million kilometers (4.6 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to ultraviolet wavelengths of light. The image scale is 44 kilometers (27 miles) per pixel of Saturn.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06483

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  • Title: Ultraviolet Enceladus
  • Creator: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
  • Date Created: 2004-09-23
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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