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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Saturn from Above
NASA ^ | October 21, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 10/20/2013 9:27:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: This image of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth. No Earth based picture could possibly view the night side of Saturn and the corresponding shadow cast across Saturn's rings. Since Earth is much closer to the Sun than Saturn, only the day side of the ringed planet is visible from the Earth. In fact, this image mosaic was taken earlier this month by the robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn. The beautiful rings of Saturn are seen in full expanse, while cloud details are visible including the polar hexagon surrounding the north pole, and an extended light-colored storm system.

October 21, 2013

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; saturn; science
[Credit & License: NASA/JPL/SSI; Composition: Gordan Ugarkovic]

1 posted on 10/20/2013 9:27:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
The Big One

2 posted on 10/20/2013 9:27:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

cool


3 posted on 10/20/2013 9:28:11 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 9:28:49 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: SunkenCiv

That is magnificent.


5 posted on 10/20/2013 9:32:37 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: SunkenCiv

Love the hexagon at the pole.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 9:33:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: SunkenCiv
That *thar* be impressive.
7 posted on 10/20/2013 9:35:05 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Great shot.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 9:35:17 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It’s where the Allen wrench goes to wind up the system...


9 posted on 10/20/2013 9:39:29 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: GeronL; Vince Ferrer; left that other site; Jack Hydrazine; The Cajun; Jet Jaguar

And to think I was worried when I read that Saturn was going out of business. :’) Thanks all, and have a great week. G’night.


10 posted on 10/20/2013 9:39:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: null and void

The old Cosmic Allen Wrench strikes again!


11 posted on 10/20/2013 9:40:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow!


12 posted on 10/20/2013 9:40:06 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: SunkenCiv

lol


13 posted on 10/20/2013 9:41:32 PM PDT by GeronL
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re: what Jack Hydrazine mentioned above —

Astronomy Picture of the Day — Saturn’s Hexagon and Rings
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2990515/posts

Saturn’s Monstrous South Polar Storm - 5000 Miles across
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1925218/posts

sidebars:

Astronomy Picture of the Day — A Raging Storm System on Saturn
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3013352/posts

The Rose: Spinning Vortex of Saturn Polar Storm
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3015184/posts

Strange Objects seen Blazing Trails in Saturn’s [F-]Ring
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2876841/posts

Kinks in Saturn’s Rings
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1925172/posts


14 posted on 10/20/2013 9:45:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Eagles6

I agree, and the hexagon is visible on The Big One:

http://129.164.179.22/apod/image/1310/saturnmosaic_cassini_4000.jpg


15 posted on 10/20/2013 9:47:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: null and void
It’s where the Allen wrench goes to wind up the system...

Dang, mystery solved.
I was always suspicious of those scientific explanations and computer simulations.

Now we need to figure out if it's metric or standard :)

16 posted on 10/20/2013 9:51:22 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I think we're going to need a bigger boat wrench.
17 posted on 10/20/2013 9:52:04 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: The Cajun

Allen wrench? Metric. The true spelling is Såtøörn, made by IKEA.


18 posted on 10/20/2013 10:56:03 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: SunkenCiv

BTTT.


19 posted on 10/21/2013 5:11:23 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It wasn’t too long ago that some “reporter” was claiming that the appearance of a hexagon on Jupiter was not a natural occurrend because this shape was not a naturally occurring shape.

Seven soap bubbles would show the idiot that it is “naturally occurring”.


20 posted on 10/21/2013 5:14:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

In a couple of months, we’ll be knee-deep in naturally occurring hexagons


21 posted on 10/21/2013 5:45:28 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: The Cajun
Now we need to figure out if it's metric or standard :)

Probably based on the Pyramid Inch...

22 posted on 10/21/2013 5:59:37 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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Astronomy Picture of the Day — In the Center of Saturn’s North Polar Vortex
NASA | December 04, 2012 | (see photo credit)
Posted on 12/04/2012 8:30:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2965720/posts


23 posted on 10/21/2013 7:00:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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