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Enceladus as you've never seen it!

Enceladus as you've never seen it!

Saturn's moon Enceladus has captured the imagination of scientists over the last several years because of the active jets near its south pole. Enceladus is spewing material into outer space as it orbits Saturn, creating the "E" ring, and spurring speculation about the conditions in its subsurface oceans. This photo, captured by the spacecraft Cassini last year, shows a new view of these geysers (the south pole here is shown in the "up" position). As with all photos taken of the active geysers, the sun is backlighting the moon, making the plumes visible. The surface of Enceladus itself is illuminated by "Saturn-glow," reflected sunlight from Saturn, bouncing and lighting the night side of Enceladus.

Read more about this spectacular image at the Planetary Society Blog.

Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

Image shows a Sun shape made with eclipse glasses

Be safe, order a pair for everyone in the family!


Be prepared to look at the October 14, 2023 and the April 8, 2024 Solar eclipses!

Did you know the sun is a great object to look at any day... sometimes its sunspots are so large that you can see them with just your eyes (protected with these amazing eclipse glasses, of course) from our spaceship Earth at more than 93,000,000 miles away.

Glasses purchased must be picked up at the planetarium by appointment or at any of our public events.   Cost is $5 per pair with all proceeds directly benefiting the planetarium.  Send an email to the planetarium to arrange for a pickup time.

Cash or check is our preferred method of payment but payment through our online store is possible, if you have to use a credit card.

Buy a pair for yourself, every family member, as a gift, or simply donate the purchase so that we can provide safe eclipse glasses to others in our community.

Additional donations welcomed!!