20.2.08

"The Usual Suspects."

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Credit: NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society Blog assembled this awesome montage of Saturn's eight largest moons, all to scale. Titan, the big blob in the upper right (larger than Mercury, you recall) is a kind of orangey brown, but other than that, most of Saturn's moons are pretty much identical in monochrome to how they are in colour.

An intangible reward will go to the first commenter to identify each moon - you should know them all by now!

You might also like to check out this article on the Cassini homepage about the 'ecology' of Saturn's moons.

"Ecology is about your entire environment -- not just one body, but how they all interact," said [Cassini scientist Bonnie] Buratti. "The Saturn system is really interesting, and if you look at the surfaces of the moons, they seem to be altered in ways that aren't intrinsic to them. There seems to be some transport in this system."

8 comments:

Bobby said...

You name it. We'll shoot missiles at it.

Chiya said...

That's interesting how little is known about these things...I never really thought about it.

Nope, I can't identify any of them.

tinker said...

Um, sorry - I didn't know there was going to be a test today...

0_0

Geosomin said...

3 cheers for Mimas!

Michelle said...

That is an incredibly cool pic.

diddums said...

Pretty moons. Are you going to put a search box on your blog? :P

Just so we can search it for m...oons (she lied, heading straight for the old memes).

Pacian said...

@Geosomin: Your reward is the satisfaction of being able to recognise Mimas.

@Diddums: There's a already a search box. Top right corner. Alternatively, click on the label 'Saturn and its Moons'. Cheater.

@The rest of you: Very, very disappointed. Write out 'I will pay more attention to mysterious moons' 100 times.

Diddums said...

Ohhhhhhh, THAT search box....
I thought it was a blogger thing and ignored it.

It says your latest DVD review is a meme... but now I've just realized you have your Me Me Me category there and I didn't need a search box for that.

Ahhhhhh.

Sorry, did I say memes? I meant moons, of course I meant moons.