A stunning image by Cassini, received today, of Daphnis splashing through the Keeler Gap (as seen in my last post).
In this photo the sunlight is coming from the opposite direction though.
Saturn’s massive shadow falls upon the rings on the right side of this image. Background stars can be seen through the rings.
From this perspective, the waves just behind Daphnis seem to be cresting higher than the moon itself…perhaps 5 miles above the rings. All I can think is, what an incredible sight it would be to be closer down to the rings and see the moon come flying past, sending up a wake of material behind it like a jet-skier down a river. Incredible.
Raw image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute