Friday, December 30, 2005

Purple Haze - Cassini 2005 Imagery

This has been a good year for imagery of Saturn and its moons, courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft. I found this beautiful image of Titan at the CICLOPS (Cassini Imaging Lab) web site. It's a composite from several wavelength bands, so it's not exactly "true color," but I love that purple haze. This web site also has a year end letter summarizing the imagery results for the year, a page of new high-resolution maps of seven of the moons (there were six very close encounters with moons this year), and a Star Wars inspired movie clip of Mimas, which bears a startling resemblance to the Empire's Death Star. Look around and you will also find a short movie of an eclipse of a crescent Dione by a crescent Rhea and much more planetary eye candy. I've got to see how close Orbiter comes to showing Titan's purple haze if I get the sun angle just right...

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