Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas Are Glorious Orbiting Saturn

By Andrew Liptak on at

We’ve been getting some fantastic images from the Cassini Spacecraft this year as it orbits Saturn, and one of its latest image from the ringed planet is no less stunning.

Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas can be seen alongside Saturn’s rings. The picture was taken in early December, 2015.

Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometres across) appears above the rings, while Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometres across) sits just below centre. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometres across) hangs below and to the left of Enceladus.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 0.4 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 3, 2015.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 837,000 miles (1.35 million kilometres) from Enceladus, with an image scale of 5 miles (8 kilometres) per pixel. Tethys was approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometres) away with an image scale of 7 miles (11 kilometres) per pixel. Mimas was approximately 1.1 million miles (1.7 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 6 miles (10 kilometers) per pixel.

Featured image: Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute