Rings

May 25th, 2015

Emily Lakdawalla's dive into the latest batch of images from the Cassini probe inspired her to generate a magnificent panorama across Saturn's rings (scroll down to the foot of the article.)

Saturn's rings (excerpt)

(For the record, this preview of one tiny segment doesn't begin to capture the scale or impact of the full image. Click on the preview if you doubt me…)

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Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn

January 7th, 2015

APOD: 2015 January 4 – Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn.

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Pale Blue Dot, 2013

November 16th, 2013

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth:

Earth from Saturn

Cue Carl Sagan, reading from Pale Blue Dot.

[Via Christian Science Monitor, via The Morning News]

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Shockingly round

May 21st, 2012

Back in 2004 the Cassini probe discovered a tiny, previously unnoticed moon that was designated Saturn XXXII before being given the name Methone.

Such are the orbital mechanics of the Saturn system and Cassini's orbital trajectory that it's taken nearly eight years for the probe to get close enough to take a high resolution image of Methone. It's been worth the wait.

What an odd looking moon.

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Janus and Saturn

March 30th, 2012

Emily Lakdawalla has produced a remarkably detailed (and really pretty) picture of Janus and Saturn:

In the last few days as it's rounded periapsis in its current orbit of Saturn, Cassini has taken a lot of great photos of Saturn's moons. One series of photos was taken from pretty close to Janus, a moon about a third the diameter of Enceladus that orbits between the F and G rings. And among those, several were taken with the moon sitting in front of Saturn. I couldn't resist downloading and playing with these; here's the result of a bit of work with an infrared-green-ultraviolet color composite.

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Big

December 19th, 2011

Saturn is big. Really big. And beautiful with it.

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Cassini Mission

June 3rd, 2011

Chris Abbas has stitched together a vast number of still images from NASA's Cassini probe to produce Cassini Mission, a stylish, impressionistic piece that looks nothing at all like your typical NASA video. (And I mean that in a good way.)

[Via kottke.org]

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Spectacular, even in black and white

May 14th, 2011

APOD: Enceladus Looms.

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Herschel, side-on

May 1st, 2011

Q. Why is Mimas the Rick Astley of moons?1

  1. Don't worry, I'm not Rickrolling you. Honest.

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Flyby

March 19th, 2011

What would it look like to approach Saturn in a spaceship? One doesn't have to just imagine — the Cassini spacecraft did just this in 2004, recording thousands of images along the way, and thousands more since entering orbit. Recently, some of these images have been digitally tweaked, cropped, and compiled into the above inspiring video which is part of a larger developing IMAX movie project named Outside In.

Spectacular is the only word for it.

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