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Saturn’s Moons doth Dance the Nutcracker Ballet as Cassini doth Watch

Saturn Moon Ballet

As we snuggle in bed, mystical forces are at work.      Amidst the dark backdrop of space a ballet doth commence. This dance of silence is captured by our new movie director, Cassini.     Step aside Frank Capra,  Christmas has a new film maker on the move.

Courtesy of NASA/JPL, Cassini is sending a holiday message by capturing images to show the moons of Saturn in action.     Moving to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, the moon’s doth dance.

Cassini–Huygens is a robotic spacecraft mission currently studying the planet Saturn and its many natural satellites by joint NASA/ESA/ASI.     One of the main elements of the spacecraft, the Cassini orbiter, is named for the Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini.

Giovanni Domenico Cassini was an Italian/French mathematician, astronomer, engineer, and astrologer who was born in Perinaldo and lived between 1625 to 1712.     Cassini was the first to observe four of Saturn’s moons, which he called Sidera Lodoicea, including Iapetus.     In addition, he discovered the Cassini Division in the rings of Saturn

Launched in 1997, Cassini traversed space and arrived at Saturn’s rings in 2004.

In 2005, Cassini reached Saturn’s moon, Titan, when it made a descent and entered its atmosphere. Cassini radioed the scientific information back to Earth by telemetry  (a technology that allows remote measurement and reporting of information).     So far 62 moons have been discovered in Saturn’s orbit.

Apparently the moon, Enceladus, did not appear in this holiday movie. Being one of the brightest stars in the solar system, his publicist said he was doing auditions for Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance”. We can’t wait to see Enceladus tango.

So if you can’t sleep, just let visions of sugar plum fairy planets dance in thy head.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of the Planets

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