Through the Plumes

Looking through Enceladus' ice geysers

Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society calls this “the most amazing image of Enceladus Cassini has captured yet.” While I like some of the images from November’s flyby a bit more, this is still very, very cool! It is a combination of two images (processed by member Astro0) taken during the same flyby event, showing a view across Enceladus’ south pole, three of its ice geysers in full blast and backlit by the sun. Saturn’s shadowed rings cut across the face of Titan in the distance, its encircling haze layer glowing with scattered sunlight.

Each image in its own right is amazing, but combined to make an entirely plausible view the result really is stunning. Nice work Astro0!

With such a diverse family of moons circling such a beautiful planet as Saturn there’s countless opportunities for wonderful photo compositions like this. Read more on Emily’s blog post here.

Image: NASA / JPL / SSI / processed by Astro0/

And here’s a couple other images from the May 18 flyby of Enceladus:

Deep fissures scar Enceladus' southern pole
Enceladus passes along the rings
Enceladus spouting off in the diffuse E-ring

Raw image credits: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute. Visit the Cassini mission page here.


  1. Sam Wilson says:

    Wow, a fantastic collection. It’s amazing to think we live in an era where photographs such as this can be taken 4.1 million km away, sent back and uploaded for the world to see within a day.



    1. J. Major says:

      True, and that it was only a several decades ago that we even had devices in orbit. It really is incredible.


  2. I adore these pics! Cassini continues to impress me, definitely worth the money, imho! Thanks for posting these!


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