30.3.10

Power Pill

Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/SWRI/SSI

Mimas seems to be the go-to world in the Solar System for pop culture references. In the visible spectrum it looks like the Death Star, and in infrared it, apparently, resembles Pac-Man eating a dot.

But as much as this may have caught the eye of the mass media for quite simple reasons, Emily Lakdawalla has the lowdown on why this image is actually a scientifically fascinating discovery.

5 comments:

diddums said...

Ha... read the article. It just shows, no matter how dull people think a moon is, there's always something unusual and interesting about it... if they look a little closer. :-)

Zhoen said...

Cool science, amusing coincidence.

Geosomin said...

nom nom nom

very cool discovery.

gnome said...

Amazingly amazing stuff.

Tinker said...

Pretty planet...