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.

Archive for the 'Saturn Rings' Category

Saturn’s Five

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Space enthusiasts seem to really like shots that have more than one body in the same frame. How about five… or six (if you count the rings of Saturn)? Starting left to right that is Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas and Rhea.

Thanks again to Gordan Ugarkovic.

Dione and Saturn

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

And a tiny little “ring shepherd” moon can be seen directly above/left of Dione.

Saturn Portrait Rings Unlit

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

We have had our share of global Saturn portraits, but I do believe this is the first taken where the rings are unlit by the sun. An interesting alternate view provided by Gordan Ugarkovic (as usual).

Okay, Set Scene: Rings, Titan, Geysers…

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

This composite has been kicked around a bunch on Contained within it are two separate images taken by the Cassini mission at nearly the same time but different exposures. Looking at this scene with human eyes, the big difference would likely be that the geysers would not be blown out and would look more like a multiple of gentle hazes spewing upward. The other big difference would be that you were somehow on a mission to Saturn and not browsing the web.

Above are the two original exposures. These were merely combined with a photo editing tool. The geyser haze was blurred in areas to clean out compression artifacts and the color was artistically added by Gordan Ugarkovic. While the color is artificially generated, it does accurately reflect the same overall appearance of most natural light images of Titan.

Prometheus, Small Moon of Saturn

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Prometheus is the small moon that shepherds Saturn’s outer “F” ring and causes those crazy waves in the particles that make up the ring itself. The phenomenon has been the theme of at least 3 different animations here on The image above is what that small moon in those animations looks like from 60,000 km taken by Cassini on Dec 26, 2009.

Rings Not Entirely Flat

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Recent observations of Saturn’s rings from Cassini reveal some vertical structure to the rings. Shown here are disturbances caused by Daphnis, a small moonlet that orbits within the Keeler Gap of the rings. We have seen much of these kinds of disturbances in the rings from tiny moonlets, but the Saturninan equinox finally provides us with an angle of sunlight that reveals such structures from the long shadows they cast. The tallest shadow seen at right is Daphnis itself.

More Gordan U

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Some recent posts from Gordan Ugarkovic. The first is just gorgeous, the second featuring Prometheus and Pan in the gaps, the third is also just real pretty and the 4th is two sides of Enceladus. The 2nd and 4th of these images are false color which we publish less often, but these were just too nice to deny.

Saturnati XX

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Saturn in near infrared filter. Taken late March 2009.

Prometheus (the Movie)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Yes, another movie of Prometheus disturbing Saturn’s rings. This is the longest clip and includes the most ring swinging action for your money. This version has been cropped and reduced down from the original. See here for a larger, wider view of the same animation (2M gif).

Modern Art

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Rhea Under Rings

Thursday, October 30th, 2008


Dramatic Saturn

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic

Another by Gordan Ugarkovic. Will post a wallpaper version later. Too gorgeous.

Mimas in Ring Shadow

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Tethys and Saturnian Rings

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Tethys and Saturnian Rings

Gordan’s reworking of images taken October of 2005. Strikingly gorgeous. I think we have at least one impressive dramatic color image of each of Saturn’s major moons with Saturn or its rings as backdrop at this point.

1. Mimas
2. Enceladus
3. Dione
4. Tethys (this one)
5. Rhea
6. Titan

Prometheus Spreads its Magic!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Prometheus Spreads its Magic

From the raw images of the Cassini mission. This is Saturn’s tiny moon Prometheus causing a disturbance in some ring particles. Nothing really new to be said here as we have seen this featured in a few animations posted here before. This is just a nice image of that phenomenon with the addition of a nice glaringly over-exposed Prometheus.