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    Saturn's Moons

    Okay, I'm surfing around and stumble across a French website with photos of Saturn's moons. One picture really caught my eye
    What the heck is that? (I know, I know, it's a moon, duh!) Is that atmosphere? The cratering on the surface? Anybody know?

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    Which moon are you talking about?

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    Dioné is the name given for it.

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    Re: Saturn's Moons

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckerfan
    What the heck is that? (I know, I know, it's a moon, duh!) Is that atmosphere?
    This website says it's extruded snow.

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    Re: Saturn's Moons

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckerfan
    Okay, I'm surfing around and stumble across a French website with photos of Saturn's moons. One picture really caught my eye [...] What the heck is that? [...] Is that atmosphere? The cratering on the surface? Anybody know?
    That at least seems to be some creative colorizing, different from what I see elsewhere:

    http://www.seasky.org/solarsystem/sky3g5.html

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap951009.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dione_(moon)

    http://www.deepspace.ucsb.edu/ia/nineplanets/dione.html

    http://www.solarviews.com/eng/dione.htm

    http://www.eoascientific.com/prototy.../saturn12.html
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    Those wisps are indeed strange. But even stranger is that Rhea has almost exactly similar markings on its other side. Both have similarly cratered leading sides. Look for example this photo.

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    We'll get high resolution photographs soon enough =)

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