Glorious Saturn

This is that great color shot of Saturn Jane mentioned in a thread below. Most of the b&w shots from Cassini are what the “camera” (if you can call it that) sees on a particular wavelength of light. In other words, the true picture wouldn’t be black and white, but blue and white or red and white or some other combination with white. The color shots are formed by combining different wavelengths of visible light and merging them into one frame. I’m not really sure why the Cassini people don’t produce more of them.

Cassini was designed to “see” beyond the sensitivity of the human eye to pierce the clouds and haze on Saturn and Titan, and also analyze the fine structure of the rings.

The color reproductions are marvelous, but they only mimic what the human eye would see. Interesting side note: noon on Saturn is only about as bright as twilight on earth. Your mom would really get after you for reading in broad daylight at Saturn without a lamp.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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