APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

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APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:05 am

Image Saturn at Night

Explanation: Saturn is still bright in planet Earth's night skies. Telescopic views of the distant gas giant and its beautiful rings often make it a star at star parties. But this stunning view of Saturn's rings and night side just isn't possible from telescopes closer to the Sun than the outer planet. They can only bring Saturn's day into view. In fact, this image of Saturn's slender sunlit crescent with night's shadow cast across its broad and complex ring system was captured by the Cassini spacecraft. A robot spacecraft from planet Earth, Cassini called Saturn orbit home for 13 years before it was directed to dive into the atmosphere of the gas giant on September 15, 2017. This magnificent mosaic is composed of frames recorded by Cassini's wide-angle camera only two days before its grand final plunge. Saturn's night will not be seen again until another spaceship from Earth calls.

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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by DL MARTIN » Sat Nov 26, 2022 7:22 am

What more could Cassini have accomplished! A triumph to be sure.

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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by heehaw » Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:29 pm

Humans are so lucky that we exist in an interval while Saturn DOES have rings! Imagine how boring Saturn would be, WITHOUT those gorgeous rings!

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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:30 pm

LastRingPortrait_Cassini_1080.jpg
Beautiful Saturn! 8-) Will Dragonfly solve some of Titans mysteries?
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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Sat Nov 26, 2022 2:31 pm

heehaw wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:29 pm Humans are so lucky that we exist in an interval while Saturn DOES have rings! Imagine how boring Saturn would be, WITHOUT those gorgeous rings!
Galileo said and drew it like this "a planet with ears"

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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by VictorBorun » Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:07 pm

Sa Ji Tario wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 2:31 pm
heehaw wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:29 pm Humans are so lucky that we exist in an interval while Saturn DOES have rings! Imagine how boring Saturn would be, WITHOUT those gorgeous rings!
Galileo said and drew it like this "a planet with ears"
Little Pitchers Have Big Ears (Galileo on Saturn)
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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by Fred the Cat » Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:15 pm

orin stepanek wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:30 pm
LastRingPortrait_Cassini_1080.jpg
Beautiful Saturn! 8-) Will Dragonfly solve some of Titans mysteries?
Possibly Orin and this may be one of them. :thumb_up:

I couldn't even find it in " Molecule of the Week" :no:
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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by johnnydeep » Sat Nov 26, 2022 10:15 pm

Sa Ji Tario wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 2:31 pm
heehaw wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:29 pm Humans are so lucky that we exist in an interval while Saturn DOES have rings! Imagine how boring Saturn would be, WITHOUT those gorgeous rings!
Galileo said and drew it like this "a planet with ears"
There's a word for that! - from https://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-th ... 2022-10-09
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF ANSA?
Ansa, “a handle-shaped region of Saturn’s rings,” is a borrowing of Latin ānsa “handle, loop, clamp.” As a regular Latin noun, the plural in Latin is ānsae, and the plural in English is ansae (sometimes stylized as ansæ). Descendants of ansa in modern Romance languages include anse in French as well as asa in both Portuguese and Spanish. Beyond Latin, ansa has few known relatives, but potential matches appear in various Indo-European languages, from Ancient Greek to Icelandic to Lithuanian. Ansa was first recorded in English in the early 15th century.
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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by zendae » Sun Nov 27, 2022 1:45 am

Gosh, I imagine this will be adorning some home pages...

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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by orin stepanek » Sun Nov 27, 2022 1:44 pm

Fred the Cat wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:15 pm
orin stepanek wrote: Sat Nov 26, 2022 1:30 pm LastRingPortrait_Cassini_1080.jpg
Beautiful Saturn! 8-) Will Dragonfly solve some of Titans mysteries?
Possibly Orin and this may be one of them. :thumb_up:

I couldn't even find it in " Molecule of the Week" :no:
Extremely reactive stuff there! 🤯
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Re: APOD: Saturn at Night (2022 Nov 26)

Post by ybznek » Tue Nov 29, 2022 12:51 am

Hey, this one was here a year ago! :-(
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap210911.html