Daphnis – one of Saturn’s smallest moons captured in a photo
The moon Daphnis has a diameter of eight kilometersów and orbits inside the A ring and the Keeler gap. Photo taken by the Cassini probe shows us this small moon of Saturn from as close as ever.
The presence of Daphnis inside the A ring affects its appearance. The moon’s low gravity causes the ripples in the ring visible in the image. The moon itself causes a gap in it.
Photo. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.
The Cassini probe was launched from Earth in 1997. It reached Saturn seven years póź later. Since then, the probe has been studying this most distinctive planet of the solar system and its moons. Thanks to its work, we obtained a lot of interesting information. We have learned m.In. about an ocean of liquid water under the icy surface of Enceladus – one of the moonsóin Saturn, we obtained evidence of occurrence on another moon of that planet – Titans – mórz of methane, we also heard about methane rains falling there.
On April 22 this year, the final stage of the Cassini probe called the Grand Finale will begin. Probe dives into Saturn’s clouds taking a series of measurementsów and transmitting data along with photographs to Earth. On September 15, 2017, the Cassini probe will complete itsój life by crashing into the planet’s surface.