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New moon marvels

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by KenH, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    New moon marvels

    Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 7:17 PM by Alan Boyle

    The Cassini orbiter has been working overtime during the holidays to deliver a cartload of gifts from Saturn and its moons. Highlights include fresh views of frost-spewing Enceladus and yam-shaped Prometheus, plus a "Nutcracker"-style ballet of Saturnian satellites.

    The excitement began last week with the animated images of moons passing back and forth with the giant planet and its rings as a backdrop. In an image advisory, the folks who process Cassini's pictures compared the interplay to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet.

    - more at http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/12/28/2161837.aspx