Picture of the Day: A Sliver of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

More

630388main_image_2198_946-710.jpg

NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this picture of a dark Enceladus, the sixth-largest of Saturn's moons and one of the most interesting to scientists because of the presence of water ice on its surface and geological activity. In the image, some of this icy geological action is visible at the moon's southern end where plumes of water-ice spray up from the terrain. Cassini took the picture at a distance of 83,000 miles on February 20, 2012.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In