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Donger
03-02-2007, 11:35 AM
No, not that crappy car brand. The planet.

Surely one of the most gorgeous sights the solar system has to offer, Saturn sits enveloped by the full splendor of its stately rings.

Taking in the rings in their entirety was the focus of this particular imaging sequence. Therefore, the camera exposure times were just right to capture the dark-side of its rings, but longer than that required to properly expose the globe of sunlit Saturn. Consequently, the sunlit half of the planet is overexposed.

Between the blinding light of day and the dark of night, there is a strip of twilight on the globe where colorful details in the atmosphere can be seen. Bright clouds dot the bluish-grey northern polar region here. In the south, the planet's night side glows golden in reflected light from the rings' sunlit face.

Saturn's shadow stretches completely across the rings in this view, taken on Jan. 19, 2007, in contrast to what Cassini saw when it arrived in 2004 (see PIA05429).

The view is a mosaic of 36 images -- that is, 12 separate sets of red, green and blue images -- taken over the course of about 2.5 hours, as Cassini scanned across the entire main ring system.

This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 40 degrees above the ring plane.

The images in this natural-color view were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera at a distance of approximately 1.23 million kilometers (764,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 70 kilometers (44 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

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Donger
03-02-2007, 11:36 AM
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Pestilence
03-02-2007, 11:37 AM
That looks photoshopped.......

Count Zarth
03-02-2007, 11:38 AM
Looks chubby and mannish.

Donger
03-02-2007, 11:39 AM
Looks chubby and mannish.

So you're excited. That's good.

Chiefs_Fan
03-02-2007, 11:40 AM
NASA has better things to do than photoshop saturn.

Donger
03-02-2007, 11:40 AM
That looks photoshopped.......

Why do you say that?

Donger
03-02-2007, 11:41 AM
Wow.

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gblowfish
03-02-2007, 11:43 AM
I'd rather see Saturn than Uranus.

Chiefs_Fan
03-02-2007, 11:43 AM
Cool is that earth in the background?

Wow.

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Donger
03-02-2007, 11:44 AM
Cool is that earth in the background?

No, that's one of Saturn's moons.

noa
03-02-2007, 11:45 AM
Cassini's division has never looked so sexy

Pestilence
03-02-2007, 11:49 AM
Why do you say that?


It just looks fake to me. I expect a planet to be round....but that almost looks to round. I figured the rings would look more gaseous....not solid like they do in that picture.

Archie F. Swin
03-02-2007, 11:50 AM
looks like a K-TEL LP

SNR
03-02-2007, 11:55 AM
It just looks fake to me. I expect a planet to be round....but that almost looks to round. I figured the rings would look more gaseous....not solid like they do in that picture.The rings are made of revolving dust and ice particles, not gas

Stewie
03-02-2007, 12:07 PM
Quite impressive Donger

Pestilence
03-02-2007, 12:08 PM
The rings are made of revolving dust and ice particles, not gas

So I learned something new today....thanks.
I just didn't think it would look that "perfect".

Fish
03-02-2007, 12:27 PM
It just looks fake to me. I expect a planet to be round....but that almost looks to round. I figured the rings would look more gaseous....not solid like they do in that picture.

Keep in mind Cassini is traveling at about 20,000 mph when these pictures are taken...

Lzen
03-02-2007, 12:47 PM
Cool is that earth in the background?

Earth would look like a tiny star in the sky from Saturn. Saturn is about 9.5 times as far from the Sun as earth.

elvomito
03-02-2007, 12:48 PM
anyone find the hi-res photos?

noa
03-02-2007, 12:52 PM
anyone find the hi-res photos?

There's a link on NASA's site for High Res but I can't get it to work for some reason.

Scroll to the bottom here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia08362.html

Donger
03-02-2007, 12:53 PM
anyone find the hi-res photos?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/Cassini_Multimedia_Collection(Search_Agent)_archive_1.html

Click on the pictures and then go down to "+ High Resolution"