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Astronomy Picture of the Day - Cassini Looks Out from Saturn
APOD.NASA.gov ^ | 23 Dec, 2022 | Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute

Posted on 12/23/2022 2:48:09 PM PST by MtnClimber

Explanation: This is what Saturn looks like from inside the rings. In 2017, for the first time, NASA directed the Cassini spacecraft to swoop between Saturn and its rings. During the dive, the robotic spacecraft took hundreds of images showing unprecedented detail for structures in Saturn's atmosphere. Looking back out, however, the spacecraft was also able to capture impressive vistas. In the featured image, taken a few hours before closest approach, Saturn's unusual northern hexagon is seen surrounding the North Pole. Saturn's B ring is the closest visible, while the dark Cassini Division separates B from the outer A. A close inspection will find the two small moons that shepherd the F-ring, the farthest ring discernable. A few months after this image was taken -- and after more than a decade of exploration and discovery -- the Cassini spacecraft ran low on fuel and was directed to enter Saturn's atmosphere, where it surely melted.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; cassini; nasa; saturn; science
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1 posted on 12/23/2022 2:48:09 PM PST by MtnClimber
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2 posted on 12/23/2022 2:48:29 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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To: 21stCenturion; 21twelve; 4everontheRight; abb; AFB-XYZ; AFPhys; America_Right; AZ .44 MAG; ...
Pinging the APOD list.

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3 posted on 12/23/2022 2:49:18 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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Breathtaking!


4 posted on 12/23/2022 2:53:21 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (No Doubt Now: Stolen Election)
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Closeup pics of Saturn’s rings have always fascinated me, the closer the better.
The things we can’t see with a telescope, like shepherd moons, raised features on the rings’surfaces, propellers. The only things I haven’t seen are actual individual ring particles. I don’t think Cassini took any pictures close enough to see those.


5 posted on 12/23/2022 3:04:51 PM PST by telescope115 (Proud member of the ANTIFAuci movement. )
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You can see a little over half of the Hexogonal socket on Saturn for using an allen wrench to stabilize it.


6 posted on 12/23/2022 3:18:07 PM PST by DannyTN
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A b/w photo!. Take the picture color!


7 posted on 12/23/2022 6:23:28 PM PST by minnesota_bound (Need more money to buy everything now)
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I forgot and left my color film at home!


8 posted on 12/23/2022 6:26:29 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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