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14th Mar 2017, 8:18 AM in Episode 30 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 14th Mar 2017, 8:18 AM edit delete
smbhax
NASA's Cassini probe is getting some great stuff in its last sweeps through the Saturnian system; it just passed within 25,000 km of the tiny, 35-km-wide inner moon Pan and found the moon's shape dominated by a massive equatorial ridge:

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image by ASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute (source)

^ More photos of the strangely shaped moon on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's site at that "source" link. : ) The equatorial ridge forms when material from Saturn's nearby rings falls onto the moon as it sweeps past them. Such ridges are not unusual among Saturn's moons: Atlas and the much larger Iapetus have them, for instance.

Thanks to my brother for tipping me off to the new Pan photos. : )

Comments:

cattservant 14th Mar 2017, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Time to visit Mother?
smbhax 14th Mar 2017, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
: o