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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Saturn In Eclipse

The Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997 to unlock the secrets of Saturn and it’s moon, Titan. It reached Saturn’s orbit in July 2004. This picture was taken in September 2006.

This is an amazing view of Saturn in eclipse -- we're looking almost directly toward the Sun, with the globe of Saturn occulting it. The fainter rings look really bright
because small dust particles scatter sunlight forward to Cassini.
More to come: they are working on merging 12 photos of Saturn from the top. This is going to be an amazing view and the first one that will show Saturn’s rings undisrupted. I’ll keep you posted.

2 Comments:

Deb said...

Beautiful photography...it looks as if the planet is floating in water. What an interesting illusion. Thanks for sharing such an intriguing site.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous said...

I want to say - thank you for this!

5:28 PM  

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