Monday, March 23, 2009

Equinox at Saturn, balance those eggs (or moons?)

Here on Earth we celebrate the equinox by the fact that the long winter nights are now the same length as the days, the controversial practice of balance eggs on the pointy ends is performed, and here in Seattle we know that maybe someday in the next two months it might be spring.
So way out in the Saturn system, the rings are nearly edge on with the sun. When that happens the moons in the ring plane can leave some pretty long shadows on the rings themselves. Cassini has sent back a few spring photos from way out there.

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