See Saturn's weird moon Enceladus in breathtaking detail!S

This extreme closeup of Saturn's moon Enceladus is the work of the Cassini orbiter, which snapped this awesome image way back in January 2011. Here, the satellite glows a golden brown as it basks in the light of its planet.

Normally, Enceladus would appear almost purely white, but Cassini has captured the moon when it is bathed in the sunlight reflected off of Saturn's cloud cover, which is basically the equivalent of a color filter millions of miles wide and giving the moon its healthy-looking tan. You can check out the full image of Enceladus below - click on the image for a closer look. In the meantime, here's a NASA description of the unusual ridges and other features that scare the moon's surface:

See Saturn's weird moon Enceladus in breathtaking detail!S

As most of the illumination comes from the image left, a labyrinth of ridges throws notable shadows just to the right of the image center, while the kilometer-deep canyon Labtayt Sulci is visible just below. The bright thin crescent on the far right is the only part of Enceladus directly lit by the Sun. The above image was taken last year by the robotic Cassini spacecraft during a close pass by by the enigmatic moon. Inspection of the lower part of this digitally sharpened image reveals plumes of ice crystals thought to originate in a below-surface sea.

Via NASA.