Enceladus orbiting within Saturn's E ring
This great view of the plumes eminating from Enceladus' south polar region, feeding Saturn's diffuse E ring, was obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on 15 September 2006, at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometres from Enceladus.
The plumes and E-ring particles appear very bright in this image because of the 175° Sun illumination angle (the scene is back-lit), which is favourable for light scattering by small particles.
Full image details are available in the NASA Cassini archive at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=2276
Last Update: 1 September 2019