What appears to be a floating orb in the blackness of space is actually Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.
July 18 | 2017
Here, intriguing south-polar jets are visible, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine. Observations of the jets, taken from various viewing geometries, provide different insights into these remarkable features. Our Cassini spacecraft has gathered a wealth of information in the hopes of unraveling the mysteries of the subsurface ocean that lurks beneath the moon’s icy crust. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Enceladus, where north is up. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera on April 13. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute