Death Star spotted near Saturn: On course to destroy planet Earth

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Is this commander Grand Moff Tarkin’s Death Star drifting past Saturn, on course to destroy human civilization?

UnFortunately, no.

It is; however, one of Saturn’s moons Mimas that bears a striking resemblance to the infamous Death Star of Star Wars lore. The impact crater that Mimas shares in appearance to the fictional Death Star measures 130km across and is named  after astronomer William Herschel, who first discovered Mimas in 1789.

Other unique features of Mimas include a prolate shape (where the polar axis is greater than the equatorial diameter) and a geological composition of mostly water ice and rock.

Image credit: Cassini Space probe

Image credit: Cassini Space probe

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Kristian strives to enlighten and entertain readers. In addition to his teaching and editorial responsibilities, he is working on a science-fiction novel that promises not to include exoskeleton suits and anemic aliens floating in mysterious vats of green-tinted goop.

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