Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-images of the day: new Iapetus images from the Cassini spacecraft

Wow, what a freakish and fascinating world. Here are some photos of Saturn's moon, Iapetus, taken just yesterday by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. I selected a few of the most dramatic images to show here, but if you click the link you can see about 500 more in huge resolution.

This moon has a bright side - the side we can see from Earth - and a dark side, with a dramatic transition zone between them. I've arranged the photos below to emphasize that light-to-dark nature. This is also the world with that massive wall going around it like the ridge of a walnut. To see more of that feature, check out my previous AIotD here.

Without further ado, Iapetus:

Click the images to see the NASA story and get high-res images.

Tags: astronomy

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