NASA has released a spectacular new image that shows all five moons of Saturn suspended around the rings of the planet.
The image is taken from the Cassini spacecraft, when it was around 6, 84,000 miles away from its nearest moon, Rhea, and 1.1 million miles from Enceladus.
Saturn has 62 moons with confirmed orbits, as of March 2011. Out of which 53 have been named and nine are provisional.
The image here shows Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas and Rhea from left to right; however, the image shot from a narrow-angel camera doesn’t show the planet Saturn. Only the rings and five moons are visible.
The picture that was released by NASA on Sept. 21 was captured on July 29, 2011 in visible green light.
The five moons differ in size, Janus, the one on the far left is 111 miles across, in the middle is Pandora, 50 miles across orbiting between the A ring and the thin F ring. The brightest one— Enceladus, appears in the center of the image, which is round 313 miles across and the closest and the second largest, Rhea is 949 miles across.
NASA has displayed the magnificent picture in the image gallery of its Web site.