Spectacular Cassini Panorama of Saturn

Cassini Panorama of Saturn

This is easily the most impressive picture that I have ever seen of Saturn. The picture of Saturn shown above is one of two versions of this Cassini panorama of Saturn.

With respect to how this picture was made, quoting from the CICLOPS (Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations) web site:
“This marvelous panoramic view was created by combining a total of 165 images taken by the Cassini wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on Sept. 15, 2006. The full mosaic consists of three rows of nine wide-angle camera footprints; only a portion of the full mosaic is shown here. Color in the view was created by digitally compositing ultraviolet, infrared and clear filter images and was then adjusted to resemble natural color.”

I definitely encourage you to read the article In Saturn's Shadow at the CICLOPS site and download the pictures of Saturn there. Another article about this unique panorama can be read at JPL Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan web site.

Looking back at the space and astronomical art that was being creating prior to the space age only goes to show that nature is more beautiful and varied than imagined by the mind of man.
Ad Astra, Jim

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