A Colorful Christmas Moon

Color-composite of Dione (NASA/JPL/SSI/J. Major)

Color-composite of Dione (NASA/JPL/SSI/J. Major)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! Here’s your present from Lights in the Dark: a color-composite of Saturn’s moon Dione, lovingly made from raw images captured by the Cassini spacecraft on December 23.

700 miles (1120 km) wide, Dione (pronounced DEE-oh-nee) is covered pole-to-pole in craters and is crisscrossed by deep chasms and long, bright regions of “wispy line” terrain — the reflective faces of sheer ice cliffs and scarps.

Although the moon is made of ice and rock it still has some interesting colors on its surface — like the spray of warm-colored material surrounding the crater Creusa in the center of the image.

Read the rest of this article here.

About Jason Major

Graphic designer, photo hobbyist, and space exploration fanatic.

Posted on December 25, 2012, in Saturn's Moons and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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