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Thrice as nice: NASA captures rare sighting of Saturn's triple crescent moons

Washington: NASA's Cassini spacecraft, on a study mission to Saturn since 1997, has captured a rare triple crescent moons sighting on Saturn.

 Thrice as nice: NASA captures rare sighting of Saturns triple crescent moons

Saturn's Triple Crescent. Image Courtesy: Twitter @NASA

Saturn has nine named moons and as many as 53 natural satellites in its orbit.

As the multiple moons wax and wane in light, they create a mesmerising image. Such a triple crescent moon sighting was captured by Cassini in March, but has just now been released by NASA, Slashgear.com reported.

Titan, the largest moon pictured, appears a bit fuzzy due to the cloud layers. The moon in the upper left-hand side is Rhea, which has a diameter about one-third the size of Titan. Rhea appears a bit bumpy due to its ice-covered craters.

The smallest crescent moon pictured is the minute Mimas, which is around 13 times smaller than Titan.

The photograph was taken using only visible light and a narrow-angle lens from the Cassini spacecraft, from a distance of over 1.9 million km.

It captures what could be seen with naked eyes, if given the chance.


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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2015 14:46:31 IST

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