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    Saturday in Space: Stylish Saturn
    By Bente Lilja Bye | January 26th 2013 06:10 AM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Saturn rocks! Or rather not, actually. The planet is made of gas for the most part, but it does have a belt of dust infested ice around it. It is this belt that makes Saturn the 'template' planet. If we want to draw a planet, it is much like a simplified Saturn. Strictly speaking it could also be the other gas planets but their rings are faint in comparison. Saturn is the archetype of a planet.

    Saturn is the most stylish planet; none above, none by its side. I have spent way too much time looking at the elegant images published by NASA's programs in particular, but there are also some magnificent images coming from ESA. It is a major distraction for me, that is how stylish Saturn is. I can't help myself no matter what I am doing or how pressured I am for time, if a striking image of Saturn pops up on my screen, Saturn it is that gets my attention.

    Saturn
    A Splendor Seldom Seen. This is an extraordinary image of Saturn. The Cassini-Huygens satellite was in the shadows of Saturn and therefore able to take a rare backlit image of Saturn.  If you are like me, you will want see the big version. Go to Ciclops (Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations) where they handle all the images, and click on the little image of Saturn to embiggen. It is magnificent!  I also recommend you read the Captain's log (Carolyn Proco). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

    Indulge in Saturn through the Cassini-Huygens program – a joint NASA (USA), ESA (Europe) and ASI (Italy) program:

    Saturn at NASA
    Saturn at ESA- Cassini-Huygens
    Saturn at ASI- Cassini-Huygens 

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    It is a major distraction for me, that is how stylish Saturn is. I can't help myself no matter what I am doing or how pressured I am for time, if a striking image of Saturn pops up on my screen, Saturn it is that gets my attention.
    What a great hangup to have!

    Stellare
    I guess I could have had worse hangups, Enrico! hahaha
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    MikeCrow


    From Samir's. There are some amazing planetary images taken by amateurs



    Above From here.

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    Never is a long time.
    Stellare
    Agreed Mi Cro, there are some magnificent amateur images of Saturn. Thanks for sharing! :-)
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth