Monday, March 12, 2012

Where in the Solar System?

Hey Space Placers!

Take a look at this photo and take a guess what body it is...Moon, Mercury??????
Shadowed Rhea
If you guessed Saturn's moon Rhea, you guessed right! NASA's Cassini spacecraft is still exploring the Saturnian system and made this and several other raw photographs of the moon on March 10, 2012 at a distance of 71,495 miles while doing a close flyby of just 26,000 miles.

These photos will help to gather better information on the ringed planet's second largest moon - Titan is the largest - and allow for better global geological mapping.

Saturn is visible in the east at about 10 p.m. and Rhea can be seen in quality amateur telescopes. I hope to get some Saturn pics this weekend as I observed Saturn and Mars last Saturday. While still low in the sky the view was stunning.

Sky Guy in Cloudy VA (hope to get another Venus-Jupiter pic tomorrow night!!!)

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