Beautiful Plumage


If you google “beautiful plumage,” the first hit is the YouTube video of the Monthy Python Dead Parrot sketch. That’s what I first thought of when I saw the headline on the NASA site for this photo of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. I had to chuckle.beautiful_plumage

This copy is from NASA’s caption of the picture—

Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to the Cassini spacecraft’s cameras.
Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.
This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 45 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 18, 2013.
The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 483,000 miles (777,000 kilometers) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 173 degrees. Image scale is 3 miles (5 kilometers) per pixel.

Image Credit: NASA