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Cosmic Close-Up: Sensational Images Of Saturn Show The Ringed Planet In Incredible Detail
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| April 21, 2009
Posted on 04/21/2009 7:06:42 PM PDT by Steelfish
Cosmic close-up: Sensational images of Saturn show the ringed planet in incredible detail
By CHER THORNHILL 21st April 2009
These stunning images of Saturn taken by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft show the ringed planet, its moons and rings in the most incredible detail yet.
Extraordinary glimpses of the planet's atmosphere and surfaces add to our expanding understanding of the sixth planet in the solar system, as the Equinox mission approaches its second year.
The images show the incredible differences within the Saturn system. In one image, serene-looking rings are elegantly stacked up around its equator, making a striking contrast to the cratered appearance of its plethora of moons.
SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VIDEO OF HOW CASSINI SCANS THE PLANETS
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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cassini; saturn; xplanets
posted on 04/21/2009 7:06:42 PM PDT
posted on 04/21/2009 7:18:16 PM PDT
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Ping! Click the link for some stunning pictures.
posted on 04/21/2009 7:19:02 PM PDT
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posted on 04/21/2009 7:21:44 PM PDT
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This image was taken during Cassini's close approach to the moon Iapetus. It was taken with a wide-angle camera at a distance of approximately 2,400 miles
Gee. That moon must have tectontic plates too! (Geologists are so full of it.)
posted on 04/21/2009 7:24:42 PM PDT
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About a year ago, we were able to see Saturn through our simple home telescope. Exciting!!
At first, I thought the telescope was not focusing properly. Then, I realized that the rings made Saturn look oval. Makes it very real when you are looking at it in driveway of your home.
posted on 04/21/2009 7:45:47 PM PDT
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Thanks editor-surveyor. Off-list topic, but of interest.
posted on 04/21/2009 7:53:50 PM PDT
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Obama apologized for this.
posted on 04/21/2009 8:25:03 PM PDT
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Great post! Thank you.
posted on 04/21/2009 8:36:13 PM PDT
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Those photos were terrific.What else is there to say.
posted on 04/21/2009 8:38:38 PM PDT
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I find these images to be deeply moving. Thank you for posting this.
posted on 04/21/2009 8:56:24 PM PDT
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My kid’s grade-school had astronomy night last year. Three telescopes set up on the playground. I saw Saturn for the first time through a telescope - could see the actual rings! Ranks up there as one of the more amazing things I’ve ever seen. And like you said - VERY much more real seeing it yourself!
posted on 04/21/2009 9:02:23 PM PDT
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Spectacular!. Thank you.
posted on 04/21/2009 11:07:32 PM PDT
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