The Shepherd Moon

One of the places that Orlando Jax visits is the Shepherd Moon.  This is part of the text from the book:

“In one graceful movement, the Claw emerged from hyperspace and took up an orbit around the great ringed gas giant planet of Ching Yi, named after a very famous and successful Old Earth Chinese pirate.  Gradually the Claw aligned itself with the rings, and then with a particular gap in the rings.

Jax looked up at the main display.  There, lying peacefully in the gap, was the Shepherd Moon, a little asteroid that had served as a bank and store room for many generations of pirates.”

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The great ringed gas giant planet of Ching Yi?  Well, no.  Unfortunately we don’t have clear pictures of planets outside our solar system yet.  This is a brilliant image of Saturn, compiled by Mattias Malmer from 102 frames taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  You read the full story of this image here.

The inspiration for the Shepherd Moon comes from another fabulous image taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  It returned a picture that NASA refers to as the “Wavemaker Moon”, and you can see why in this amazing picture:

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There between the rings is the Wavemaker Moon.  You can read the full story of this picture here.

A good place to hide a stash of plundered pirate treasure?  I think it’s pretty good.

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