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Incredible picture of Saturn that runs rings around all the others
The Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2011 | Ted Thornhill

Posted on 09/07/2011 4:40:19 PM PDT by EveningStar

There have been some amazing photographs taken of Saturn over the years, but none quite like this.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: saturn
I do know how to hotlink pictures but it's a large picture, and more important, it's copyrighted.
1 posted on 09/07/2011 4:40:23 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: KevinDavis

ping


2 posted on 09/07/2011 4:41:09 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

WOW!


3 posted on 09/07/2011 4:43:33 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Tag line under construction, please mind the gap!!)
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To: EveningStar

That is very cool...thanks!


4 posted on 09/07/2011 4:44:48 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: EveningStar

What is probably most surprising about Saturn is that it may be blue, like Neptune and that you can actually see earth with the visible eye, at least according to the photograph.

You’d think that Earth would be too small from that distance.


5 posted on 09/07/2011 4:45:01 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: EveningStar

6 posted on 09/07/2011 4:45:19 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: EveningStar

7 posted on 09/07/2011 4:46:05 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: EveningStar

For some reason, pics such as this make me think they have been photo enhanced........


8 posted on 09/07/2011 4:46:57 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Less than a minute! 8)


9 posted on 09/07/2011 4:47:15 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: EveningStar
It isn't a new image, but it is spectacular. And since it is "copyrighted" by NASA, and we own NASA, here's the pict:


10 posted on 09/07/2011 4:47:50 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: EveningStar

Way cool! Desktop material.


11 posted on 09/07/2011 4:50:19 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: SunkenCiv

ping, before I become distracted ;-/


12 posted on 09/07/2011 4:50:35 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: EveningStar
There is a standing hexagon in the clouds of Saturn's pole.



13 posted on 09/07/2011 4:50:35 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: EveningStar
This is the one that blows me away!
14 posted on 09/07/2011 4:50:50 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Jonty30
You’d think that Earth would be too small from that distance.

You can see Saturn from Earth with the naked eye. Earth, though much smaller than Saturn, is much closer to the sun and, with a high albedo, is reflecting a lot more light into space per unit area than anything farther out in the solar system. We also don't know the length of exposure, either. So, it's possible that could be Earth in the photo.
15 posted on 09/07/2011 4:51:33 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: EveningStar

Fantastic — I agree that people are better off going to the link.

Other amazing pics at that link as well


16 posted on 09/07/2011 4:53:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (California: Making Texas more Conservative one voter at a time)
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To: aruanan

it’s understandable why you can see Saturn, because it’s so big, but to see earth the other way is surprising.

It’s like being an ant and seeing a human, but then being surprised being that ant on a human shoulder and still seeing his fellow ants.


18 posted on 09/07/2011 5:01:52 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: EveningStar

“WHERE DID SATURN’S RINGS COME FROM?”

That’s where all of the lost airline luggage goes.
Courtesy, Jay Leno


19 posted on 09/07/2011 5:05:41 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Beowulf9
This is the one that blows me away!

WOW - I've never seen that one before - just damn!

20 posted on 09/07/2011 5:07:20 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: EveningStar

There was a thread on this this past week end as part of the APOD series. This pic is now my wall paper. Yes, that is earth to the left and the belt of Orion above it to the left.

According to another reader, when he used his astronomy software for that date, from that point, looking in that direction; Uranus and Mercury may be in the photo.


21 posted on 09/07/2011 5:08:26 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: freejohn

Picture looks like BS to me. Ask yourself, "Where is the Sun?"

ML/NJ

22 posted on 09/07/2011 5:16:12 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Talisker

http://news.discovery.com/space/saturns-north-pole-hexagon-mystery-solved.html

Still wild.


23 posted on 09/07/2011 5:20:52 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: EveningStar

If it’s a product of the U.S. government, it is automatically in the public domain.


24 posted on 09/07/2011 5:32:47 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: freejohn

(c) NASA????

I thought all federally funded works are non-copyright


25 posted on 09/07/2011 5:34:10 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: ml/nj

It was taken at night as the probe looked back at the eclipsed sun, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system.

The rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn, slightly scattering sunlight, in this exaggerated colour image.

‘Saturn’s rings light up so much that new rings were discovered, although they are hard to see in the image. Seen in spectacular detail, however, is Saturn’s E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus and the outermost ring visible above.’

...I think....


26 posted on 09/07/2011 5:35:33 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-034

Saturn’s North Pole Hexagon Mystery Solved?
http://news.discovery.com/space/saturns-north-pole-hexagon-mystery-solved.html

Yahoo search results for “saturn” “hexagon”
http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&p=saturn+hexagon


27 posted on 09/07/2011 5:35:53 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ml/nj

It’s behind Saturn. That was the reason for the setup of the photo: The scientists wanted the rings to be back-lit. They maneuvered Cassini to position the Sun directly behind. Does that help?


28 posted on 09/07/2011 5:36:38 PM PDT by LifePath
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To: ml/nj

Blocked from view .. but lighting up the far side!?


29 posted on 09/07/2011 5:36:56 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: ml/nj

Not unreasonable. Reflections produce backscatter from the rings, backlighting the planet. With the sun masked, contrast can be adjusted to pick up the otherwise lost lighting.


30 posted on 09/07/2011 5:39:57 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hot Tabasco
It's gone through a lot of processing. "Raw" images are taken through various filters and the color is added accordingly, and there are many overlapping views pieced together. Here is one of the raw images, with details here :


31 posted on 09/07/2011 5:52:58 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Beowulf9

Beautiful!! Notice that you can put the Star of David inside the hexagon. Also - all snowflakes are six sided and looked like Stars of David.


32 posted on 09/07/2011 6:37:08 PM PDT by bethtopaz ( www.rapturealert.com)
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To: bethtopaz

Interesting thought. The universe...so incredible, so profound if you can see.


33 posted on 09/07/2011 6:44:48 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Jonty30

Well doing the math, Saturn is about 10x as bright as the Earth.

Each point of magnitude is 2.5x as bright as the previous level.

2.5 x 2.5 = 6.25 x 2.5 = 15x.

So the Earth from Saturn would appear to be about +2.5 magnitude as compared to Saturn from Earth. At it’s dimmest, Earth would be about 4th magnitude, at it’s brightest, close to 3rd magnitude.

Definitely visible with the naked eye.


34 posted on 09/07/2011 7:06:19 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: EveningStar

The photos of Saturn and her rings look so clean and pure. I have read somewhere that if we could physically there in the vicinity of the planet and the rings the NOISE would be unbearable. The rings are made up of particles that range in size from sand grains to boulder-like objects larger that a large building. As these rings swirl in a large circular stream around the planet those objects are all banging and crashing into each other, making an unimaginable din! FWIW


35 posted on 09/07/2011 7:10:45 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: stormer

I said, “Bring me a wench!”. :)


36 posted on 09/07/2011 7:12:40 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: EveningStar

I was expecting to see a photograph of a compact car, but this is much better.


37 posted on 09/07/2011 7:23:48 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Tucker39
the NOISE would be unbearable.

Noise without a transportation medium is a problem.

38 posted on 09/07/2011 7:25:10 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: EveningStar

What is hotlink?


39 posted on 09/07/2011 7:35:09 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: Beowulf9
Physics and the laws of Geometry follow a strict rule. By design........
40 posted on 09/07/2011 7:40:52 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: EveningStar

Just copy, paste and trow in html code <img src= and close it with the inverse arrow.....


41 posted on 09/07/2011 7:44:38 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I know the code. Unlike most FReepers, I'm a true conservative who respects the law and I try to not steal copyrighted material.

To prove that I know how to post pictures:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

42 posted on 09/07/2011 8:10:15 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

42 posts and no mention of Uranus...I am impressed.../sarc


43 posted on 09/07/2011 8:15:55 PM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: stormer

LOL!


44 posted on 09/08/2011 1:13:53 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Tucker39

There is no sound in space as there is no medium in which the sound can travel.


45 posted on 09/08/2011 1:28:58 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: ctdonath2; All
There is no eclipsing of any of the rings. But there does appear to be some eclipsing on the planet itself (just above the inside ring). Everything is way too uniformly illuminated.

ML/NJ

46 posted on 09/08/2011 4:52:26 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Eyes Unclouded
There is a standing hexagon in the clouds of Saturn's pole.

Imagine the size of the socket wrench it took to put Saturn together! :0)


47 posted on 09/08/2011 4:59:26 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: EveningStar
Check out this one:

Amazing!

48 posted on 09/08/2011 6:30:34 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Beowulf9; Keith in Iowa; Admin Moderator

I see my post was removed by the moderator. Why?


49 posted on 09/08/2011 6:39:24 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Beowulf9

Yes, if you can see it! How could anyone look at creation and not know there is an awesome Creator?!


50 posted on 09/08/2011 2:01:33 PM PDT by bethtopaz ( www.rapturealert.com)
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