A Moody View of Titan and Saturn

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Saturn and its moon Titan are a moody looking pair in this image. But despite the fact they look similar in a picture like this, they’re actually far from alike.

As the European Space Agency points out, Saturn’s mass of swirling gas is a sharp contrast to Titan’s icy, solid body. Both do, however, have thick atmospheres — Saturn’s mostly hydrogen and helium, Titan’s largely nitrogen and methane — which help give rise to this particularly atmospheric image.

Acquired by the Cassini spacecraft with a wide-angle camera from a distance of 2.2 million kilometres from Saturn, each pixel represents 130 kilometres. [ESA]