Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft


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The most stunningly detailed image of Saturn has been released. From on board the Cassini spacecraft 36 images were taken of Saturn and it’s famous rings. The cameras used red, blue, and green filters to capture the true colors as best as possible and took a total of twelve photos using each filter.

The images were assembled by Croatian software developer Gordan Ugarkovic, who described himself as an amateur photo editor. If he was an amateur before he most definitely is not now. Ugarkovic’s mosaic offers some of the most intense details ever imaged from Saturn…

This photograph also showcases the most interesting things about the planetary body. Saturn has a fierce storm at its north pole which isn’t round; it’s hexagonal. Some astronomers believe that this could be caused by standing wave patterns from the atmosphere. This storm isn’t just cool because of its shape, it is absolutely huge. Each side of the hexagon is around 13,800 km long, which is larger than Earth’s diameter.

To fully appreciate the detail of this image, it needs to be seen in full resolution.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

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