PIA10082: “Staring Mittens” (Animation)

 "Staring Mittens" (Animation)

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This is an artist concept and movie of the view from Cassini during the star occultation that detected “Mittens,” the small object to the right of the star. As Cassini watched the star pass behind Saturn’s F ring (foreground), the star blinked out when Mittens blocked it, indicating it may be a solid moonlet.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The ultraviolet imaging spectrograph was designed and built at, and the team is based at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The ultraviolet imaging spectrograph team home page is at lasp.colorado.edu/home/cassini.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Colorado

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA10082