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Rhea Eclipses Dione While Cassini Watches

Saturn's moons Rhea (front) and Dione (back) pass each other on Oct. 11, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Jason Major)

Saturn’s moons Rhea (front) and Dione (back) pass each other on Oct. 11, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Jason Major)

It’s been a while since I last made one of these: it’s an animation comprising 27 images acquired by Cassini in various color channels on October 11, 2015. It shows Saturn’s second-largest moon Rhea passing in front of the smaller and more distant* Dione, both partially illuminated by sunlight. I cleaned up some image artifacts from each frame and adjusted the levels to make the blacks black and not banded, like is often found in images like these. I also added a bit of a glow to the moons, to enhance the sense of light (and bring out some of the detail in the darker areas.)

There’s nothing particularly scientific here, just an enjoyment of the endless and ongoing dance of the spheres!

Check out an older moon animation of Rhea here.

*Dione is more distant from the Cassini spacecraft in these views; it’s actually closer to Saturn in its orbit than Rhea.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

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