viernes, 10 de marzo de 2017

STRANGE SHAPE OF SATURN'S MOON


This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Pan was taken on March 7, 2017 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft

This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Pan was taken on March 7, 2017 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft

This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Pan was taken on March 7, 2017 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft
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Pan is seen in this color view as it sweeps through the Encke Gap with its attendant ringlets


These unprocessed images of Saturn's moon, Pan, are the closest images ever taken of Pan and will help to characterize its shape and geology.

Pan has a mean radius of 8.8 miles (14.1 km) and orbits 83,000 miles (134,000 km) away from Saturn, within the Encke Gap of Saturn's A-ring. Orbits Saturn every 13.8 hours and is responsible for keeping the Encke Gap open. The gap is a 200 mile (325 km) opening in Saturn's A ring.

Is the innermost of Saturn's known moons and was discovered by M.R. Showalter in 1990 using images taken by the Voyager 2 Spacecraft, 9 years earlier.

Like Saturn's moon Atlas, has a prominent equatorial ridge that gives it a distinctive flying saucer shape.

These images were taken on March 7, by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).