Heat maps reveal Pac-Man in the moon


The Cassini spacecraft captured this Pac-Man-shaped heat map of Saturn's moon Mimas during a flyby on Februrary 13. Besides the nostalgia value, the map presents some odd questions. Scientists were expecting gradual heat variations on Mimas—where "hot" means "moderately less ungodly frigid", think -294 compared to -320—but these abrupt cut offs are thoroughly curiosity inducing.

This is, by the way, not the first time Mimas has intersected with Earthling geek culture. Previously, it was best known for sporting a giant, centered crater on one side, earning comparisons to the Death Star. Insert your own "that's no moon" joke here.

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