“Maple nut goodies” in space…


Do you remember “maple nut goodies”? These delicious treats are created from a blend of peanuts, maple syrup, sugar, and a variety of other ingredients. The rather unique shape is instantly recognized by candy aficionados. It may surprise you to know that Saturn’s moon “Pan” bears a striking resemblance to a maple nut goodie.

“Pan” serves as a good reminder that all moons are not created equal. They come in various shapes and sizes. With an average diameter of 17 miles, Pan orbits within Saturn’s “A” ring. It features a distinctive ridge which was created through years of accumulating ring material from Saturn.

The most striking images of Pan were captured by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft, and show both the northern and southern hemispheres of the small moon. Cassini has greatly expanded our knowledge of Saturn and its related features.

 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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