Friday, July 12, 2013

Cassini's images

The Cassini spaceship is orbiting Saturn for many year now and always manage to amaze. On the 19th of July Cassini will take a photograph of planet earth while Saturn blocks the sun. This will be a reproduction of the iconic photo from 2006 and a good chance to compare and see any difference. You can watch the 2006 photo in the following article together with many more photos of earth from space.
To celebrate the event I've collected some of the best photos of Cassini from 2012-2013. There many more and it is hard to choose from. Enjoy! Credit to all photographs is to NASA.



Saturn and Titan
Saturn and Titan

Enceladus looks like a popped balloon.

Enceladus
Enceladus

A huge storm on Saturn

A huge storm on Saturn
A huge storm on Saturn

A closeup of Enceladus. Jets of gases are vaporizing into outer space

A closeup of Enceledus
A closeup of Enceladus

Two tiny moons: Prometheus and Pandora

Prometheus and Pandora
Prometheus and Pandora


The surface of the moon Rhea. Rhea is one of the moons that can be seen with even a small telescope from earth.
Rhea
Rhea


Is this river Nile? Might be an old river on the surface of Titan

Saturn in the dark. Saturn covers the Sun, but the rings are lighted and reflect light back on Saturn which gives an extraordinary result.

Saturn in the dark
Saturn in the dark



שבתאי
Saturn



שבתאי
Saturn

Saturn shading its rings. Notice some tiny dot and the upper left area - a tiny moon.

Saturn shading its rings
Saturn shading its rings

This photo is the first photo of meteors not from Earth. Read more about these meteors.
Meteors striking Saturn
Meteors striking Saturn

This is not Saturn. This is Titan with little moon Dione with the rings as a background.

Titan with little moon Dione
Titan with little moon Dione

A vortex on Titan

A vortex on Titan
A vortex on Titan


And from another angle
A vortex on Titan
A vortex on Titan


And a closeup
A vortex on Titan
A vortex on Titan

Saturn is blocking the sun. At the upper left a small dot. This is not Earth but Venus.

Venus from Saturn
Venus from Saturn

Strange things happens on Saturn's north pole
Saturn's north pole
Saturn's north pole
You probably remember the incredible transit of Venus (well the whole site started from it). Anyway this is a Venus transit from Saturn. Read more here.

Venus transit from Saturn
Venus transit from Saturn
For further reading:
Saturn
More images from Cassini

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