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Photo Credit: CICLOPS, JPL, ESA, NASA
What in the world is it?
A gnat clinging to a hair? A close up of a comet? Hmmm, well that last guess is intriguing, but wait until you hear this: What you’re seeing is one of Saturn’s volcanically active moons (Enceladus ) spewing ice and water vapor from the surface and forming a ring around Saturn! This particular ring is called the E ring, and it’s an amazing sight. The image was taken late last year by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Now, where’s the Moon, you ask? Believe it or not it’s the tiny little black spot inside the bright flare, right near the center of Saturn’s E ring!