Monday, June 05, 2006
Floating RocksThat's "rocks" as in the drinking term "on the rocks," for these moons are more ice than stone. Nice image of two of Saturn's minor moons. Janus, the larger of the two, is about as big as New Jersey, though a bit more rotund. That big crater could be the Archdiocese of Newark, I guess. Prometheus, the smaller, is about the size and shape of Connecticut. I think I see another crater in the location of Bridgeport. Note that the long ends of these moons point toward Saturn; they are tidally locked to always point in the same direction of their father planet. There's probably another ecclesiastical connection to be made there, but I'll leave it for the St John Paul sequence from Roman Missal LXXVIII in the forty-second century.