Daphnis the Wavemaker close up

Daphnis the Wavemaker close up

This is the most detailed ever photo of Daphnis tiny moon, hiding in Saturn‘s rings.

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017.

This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

Daphnis (5 miles or 8 kilometers across) orbits within the 42-kilometer (26-mile) wide Keeler Gap. Cassini’s viewing angle causes the gap to appear narrower than it actually is, due to foreshortening.



The little moon’s gravity raises waves in the edges of the gap in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Cassini was able to observe the vertical structures in 2009, around the time of Saturn’s equinox (see PIA11654).

source NASA

By |2017-02-01T19:30:42+03:00Jan 26, 2017|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

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