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Saturn's moon Enceladus, imaged at high phase, shows off its spectacular water ice plumes emanating from its south polar region. This image was captured at a phase, or Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, angle of 159 degrees so that sunlight would reveal the backlit plumes. See PIA11688 to learn more. Sunlight brightly illuminates terrain on the left. Light reflected off Saturn illuminates the rest of the moon more dimly. This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across). North is up.
Background stars, elongated by the movement of the spacecraft during the exposure, are also visible.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 13, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 431,000 kilometers (268,000 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 3 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.
Originally posted by watchZEITGEISTnow
Somehow I just can't comprehend how these "stars" are captured in a time lapse - while the Moon (which is bloody interesting in itself - later for another topic...) Enceladus is perfectly captured without any movement or blur.
I always thought that the "stars" are so far away that this would be impossible?
*enter queue for ArMap to help explain* ...
...oh yeah and the other thing - why are the "stars" a very dull gray and not white? AND where are all the other bloody stars?!