The long awaited official trailer for “In Saturn’s Rings” has been unleashed. Looking forward to this film for over three years now.
Archive for the 'Phoebe' Category
Managed to make the more common wallpaper size 1024×768 for the 14 most recent wallpaper posts (started with set 05 images, 1-4 to come). Download zip file here. Some were not produced as they just didn’t translate so easily into the format. However, the opposite is true in some cases such as for this image of the Martian south pole. Its resolution was hopelessly low for the larger landscape format, so now with the smaller size it was possible (just barely) to get it posted as a wallpaper.
Included in the set for download are the images pictured at the top and for the sake of google search, here they are listed out:
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of CALLISTO at half view, moon of JUPITER
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of EARTH from APOLLO landing site
- 1024×768 Wallpaper portrait of EUROPA, moon of JUPITER
- 1024×768 Wallpaper portrait of JUPITER
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of MARS region of DEUTERONILUS (not shown)
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of MARS surface at HUSBAND HILL
- 1024×768 Wallpaper portrait of MARS
- 1024×768 Wallpaper portrait of PHOEBE, moon of SATURN
- 1024×768 Wallpaper portrait of RHEA, moon of SATURN
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of SATURN, crescent view (not shown)
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of SATURN from above the NORTHERN POLE
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of SATURN globe
- 1024×768 Wallpaper of SPACE WALK
- 1024×768 Wallpaper portrait of TETHYS, moon of SATURN
A few posts back I uploaded a closer detail of this same image. This is the best “portrait” image of Phoebe available taken by Cassini on its way into the Saturn system and orbit insertion. Being so far out from the rest of the most dle scientific targets (4x as far as Iapetus), this was the only up-close visit planned to the tiny moon who’s size is about 220km average width.
There appears to be a layer of dark material covering the small moon Phoebe as revealed by the collapse of materials in the northern region of the small moon. Phoebe orbits Saturn outside the orbit of Iapetus and has been considered a possible candidate for the dark material also found covering one side of that unusual moon. What may have caused this transfer of materials is still a mystery… or that Phoebe had anything to do with that feature on Iapetus is still very much in question.
Some propose that Phoebe is actually a captured comet from the Kuiper belt (a region of small bodies orbiting the sun beyond Neptune of which Pluto is considered a member). If this is true, the images taken by cassini would be the only images of such bodies to be anything other than a single point of light.