Sure, you’ve seen a crescent moon from Earth, but I bet you’ve never seen three.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured not just one but three crescent moons in a single photo. Saturn’s moons Titan, Mimas and Rhea all make an appearance in the new image released by NASA Monday
Although each of the three moons looks like a crescent from Cassini’s perspective, Titan, Mimas and Rhea do have distinctive differences even when seen in this phase.
“Titan, the largest moon in this image, appears fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers,” NASA said in a statement. “And because Titan’s atmosphere refracts light around the moon, its crescent ‘wraps’ just a little further around the moon than it would on an airless body.” Read more…