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Enceladus orbiting within Saturns E ring
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Enceladus orbiting within Saturn's E ring

November 17, 2009
This great view of the plumes eminating from Enceladus' south polar region, feeding Saturn's diffuse E ring, was obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on 15 September 2006, at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometres from Enceladus.

The plumes and E-ring particles appear very bright in this image bacause of the 175° Sun illumination angle (the scene is back-lit), which is favourable for light scattering by small particles.


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