You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Saturnati XIV

Saturnati XIV

Its Titan up top and Tethys below.

6 Responses to “Saturnati XIV”

  1. RC Collins Says:

    Is this a composite? I don’t think Titan is actually that close to Saturn, unless this is some kind of false perspective illusion. But still.. that doesn’t look right. Titan is pretty far out from Saturn (according to Wikipedia, it’s about 20 Saturn radii - just over 1.2 million kilometers).

  2. thomas Says:

    not a composite. its not close to saturn, but likely closer to cassini than saturn is. remember how massive saturn is even if it is far off.

    although some images will often have a moon seen from the opposite side and still it appears bigger than i would have expected, considering. there are a few at jupiter where europa and io appear right next to one another and yet one is on the opposite side of jupiter than the other and yet the size of the one further off is not as effected as one would guess.

  3. thomas Says:

    here is that io/europa pic:

  4. RC Collins Says:

    Actually, it might make more sense if Saturn is closer, and Titan is way out in the distance. Yes, Saturn is big, but not so big when seen from titan. I used Celestia to simulate this, and here’s some screenshots I took.

  5. thomas Says:

    right, so if titan wasn’t all the way behind, but perhaps somewhere in between… it would appear about that large against saturn. you could probably get the exact simulation if you download the celestia cassini mission packet, dial in the same date and turn to face titan. you should see the same composition.

  6. RC Collins Says:

    Found the same pic on the Nasa site

    “Titan emerges from behind Saturn, while Tethys streaks into view, in this colorful scene. Saturn’s shadow darkens the far arm of the rings near the planet’s limb.”

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