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Quieted Storm

Cassini examines Saturn and the planet’s northern hemisphere, which was ravaged by a huge storm for much of 2011.

Four of Saturn’s moons join the planet here. Two of these — Janus and Epimetheus — are almost lost in this view due to their small size. Mimas appears as a bright dot below the rings just to the right of the center of the image. Enceladus is visible below the rings on the far right of the image.

Janus can just barely be discerned as a tiny speck past Enceladus on the right edge of the image. Epimetheus is likewise tiny, and can be detected on the extreme left of the image above the rings. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 11, 2012 from a distance of approximately 2.8 million kilometers. »

Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 12:36 PM