Saturn’s tiny moon friend, Daphnis, is finally getting its close-up. In a stunning new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, the elusive moon can be seen peeking out from within the Keeler gap of Saturn’s rings. According to NASA, the image was taken in visible (green) light by Cassini’s narrow-angle camera.
Space is a freaky place, and few people understand that as well as NASA software engineer Kevin Gill. He regularly uses real data to inspire works of art he renders using complicated computer software. In the past, he has created visualizations of what Mars would look like if it were inhabited and what Earth would…
This tiny little fellow is Daphnis, a moon that's just five miles wide and located inside a small gap in Saturn's rings. This image is the clearest shot yet of Daphnis and the warping effects it's having on the rings.
Saturn's tiny moon Daphnis orbits a gap in the A Ring, causing small waves with its gravity. Now, as the gas giant approaches its equinox, the Cassini probe has captured the waves on camera for the first time.