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 'Saturnati' Category

Saturnati XVI

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic

This may be one of the very best from Gordan. Nice work. For the full effect you must click on it to see the hires. The rings are quite sharp.

3 More By GU or Saturnati XV

Monday, March 31st, 2008

3 intensely nice new views of Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic.

Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic

Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic

Saturn by Gordan Ugarkovic

Be sure to click for the hi-res view of this one. Enceladus hangs sharply in front of saturn – doesn’t even look real. I assume the second moon there is Mimas, but notice you can even make out a 3rd moon (Pandora) lodged in Saturn’s rings, right inside the hairline F-Ring.

Saturnati XIV

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Saturnati XIV

Its Titan up top and Tethys below.

Saturnati XIII

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Saturn from the JPL official site, 031008

Saturnati XII

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Saturnati XII

Saturnati XI

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Saturnati XI

Saturn looking like the bigger blue marble in the Solar System. One theory for the blueness of Saturn’s northern polar region during the age of Cassini versus the age of Voyager is due to atmospheric changes in the Saturnian winter. Some also theorize that the shadows of the rings drop the temperature even lower which might explain why the blueness is only found in the north.

Saturnati X

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Voyager Style Cassini Image of Saturn

This image taken on January 18, 2008 from 988,018 km, Voyager at Saturn 1981reminds one of some of those vintage Voyager images of Saturn (seen at left) from back in the early and mid 1980’s. Just compare at the incredible differences between the quality and color of the Voyager vs. Cassini images. Saturn images during the Voyager era were all consistently yellow and brown, but today’s Cassini images reveal Saturn to be a rich peach color mixed with hints of yellow and brown. We also have the advantage of being witness to the rich blues currently appearing in the northern hemisphere which did not exist in 1981 or 1986.

Saturnati IX

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Saturn’s Southern Pole by Gordan Ugarkovic

Gordan is having at Saturn again.

Saturnati IIX

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Saturnati IIX by

Saturnati VII

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Saturnati VII by U. Gordan

Another Saturnati, also with camera artifact. Another U. Gordan image, see Gordan Ugarkovic’s Flickr Page for hi-res version.

Saturnati VI

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Saturnati VI by U. Gordan

The haze is a camera artifact, but somehow adds to the image here. Another U. Gordan image, see U. Gorgan’s Flickr Page for hi-res version.

Saturnati V

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Saturnati III

Saturn as seen with spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of light centered at 890 nanometers. In other words… false color or false non-color? Maybe false monochrome.

Saturnati IV

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Saturn: Classic Appeal

From the Cassini website, “Like black and white photos of earthly family and friends, monochrome images of Saturn can also capture their subject with crisp poignancy. This infrared view from high above Saturn’s ringplane highlights the contrast in the cloud bands, the dimly glowing rings and their shadows on the gas giant planet. The overall effect is stirring”.

Saturnati III

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Saturn Dimly Illuminated by Ringshine

For my money, nobody does Saturn better than Gordan Ugarkovic. PLEASE browse his Flickr account when possible. The bigger spot is Dione and the two tiny pin-pricks are Janus and Epimetheus.

Saturnati II

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Rhea transits Saturn’s cloud tops

Rhea on the edge.