Peekaboo Moon

Rhea on the far side of the rings

Here’s another color composite from Cassini, showing Rhea on the far side of the rings, its northern tip peeking through the Cassini Division. (I’m not 100% sure what smaller moon that is on the left, but my guess is either Janus or Epimetheus.)

What I find interesting in this image is the bright streak within the rings near the right side…this may be a result of my compositing methods or it may actually be a brighter segment within the ring structure….a spoke, perhaps? Rising above the ringplane and seen edge-on? It would need a look from actual scientists to say for sure, but that’s what it looks like to me! πŸ™‚

The raw images were taken by the Cassini spacecraft on May 11, 2010 at a distance of almost 1.9 million miles from Rhea.

Image: NASA/JPL/SSI/J. Major