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Tuesday February 12th 2013

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Flythrough the Saturn System

Flythrough the Saturn System

outside in is a ground-breaking giant screen film animated from hundreds of thousands of still photographs and supported as a non-profit project funded by individual supporters. Using Cassini images this is a fly through the Saturn system which is truly amazing. 5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

Crescent ENCELADUS

Crescent ENCELADUS

A great way to see new images from NASA is to review the RAW images released. These are RAW images in the sense that they have not been processed to remove camera defects and other artifacts. You can see them on the  CICLOPS site. This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on August 13, 2010 and received on Earth August 14, 2010, so [...]

Saturn’s Rings – Up close

Saturn’s Rings – Up close

There are a number of sources of fantastic images these days, Hubble, HiRISE and Cassini. Here is another gorgeous  natural color view of  gradations in the transparency of Saturn's inner rings taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  We can see the myriad of dark shadows of the rings separate Saturn's southern hemisphere in the bottom of the image [...]

Stunning Saturn

Stunning Saturn

Saturn is truly more beautiful that we could have ever imagined. Here we see Saturn cast its shadow on the rings in this Cassini image that shows how the rings reflect sunlight onto the dark side of the planet.  Saturn appears dimly illuminated by the ringshine. This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 10 [...]

Tethys and Saturnian Rings

Tethys and Saturnian Rings

While browsing some images online I came across a site that reworks images from space and produces visually stunning and vibrate results. The integrity of the images remain. Take a look at this one. You can see more on wanderingspace.net

Saturn Moon Ballet

Nice video of Saturn and it's moons in a dance to the sound of the nutcracker. Very festive!....It is a combination of 61 images taken from Cassini.

Titan casts a large shadow…

Titan casts a large shadow…

Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across) is Saturn's largest moon  but is not pictured here. What you can see is its elongated shadow below  Saturn's rings in this newly released image from Cassini. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately [...]

Stunning selection of raw images from Cassini

Stunning selection of raw images from Cassini

Its one thing to send a craft to Saturn, but another to take one stunning image after the next. Here is a collection of some of my favorite images over the last 4 months. These images are "Raw" in that they have not been processed/cleaned etc. But I'd rather get the images early that have to wait months for perfection.  Enjoy the set of images.  [...]

Sailing on the lakes of Titan

Imagine sailing on a lake on the moon of Titan in a nuclear powered sailing craft with Saturn rising high in the sky above you. There is wind and rain,  but its a chilly -180 Celsius where Ethane and Methane flow instead of liquid water in world which has been described as an eerie version of Earth. (more...)

Spitzer’s warm images

The Spitzer spacecraft was designed to take infrared pictures of the cosmos. From its launch in Aug 2003 until May 2009 it has manged to take some amazing pictures of the universe. To accompish this it use a coolant which kept the Telescope IR instruments at a chilly 30 degree Kelvin so that its own instruments would not interfere with the [...]

Saturn – beautiful new Cassini image

Saturn – beautiful new Cassini image

With Saturn having its rings edge on to the Sun, you might think all the cool pictures are going to have to wait. Well take a look at this Cassini  image and tell me what you make of it. Take a close look and while you cannot see the moon Enceladus, you can see its shadow beside the shadow of the ring.  Stunning...thanks Cassini!