When Saturn Was Not The God Of Time And Cassini Was Not An Italian Artist!

Saturn Rings
Saturn – Image courtesy of NASA!

From microbes to mountains, every subject and every place on earth, seem accessible  to the technological marvel, that is the ‘Digital Camera‘.

Even Star Trek’s, Captain, James T Kirk‘s, The Final Frontier, is being photographed by unmanned Spacecraft and sending sensational images, millions of miles, back to Earth.

One of my favourites is this amazing photograph of Saturn, captured by the unmanned Spacecraft Cassini.

Few sights in the solar system are more beautiful than Saturn, embraced by the shadows of its stately rings. 

The gas planet’s subtle northward gradation from gold to azure is a striking visual effect that scientists don’t fully understand.

It may be related to seasonal influences, tied to the cold temperatures in the northern (winter) hemisphere.

Cassini has also observed Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

“We’re looking at a string of remarkable discoveries, about Saturn’s magnificent rings, its amazing moons, its dynamic magnetosphere and about Titan’s surface and atmosphere,” says Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist.

“Some of the mission highlights, so far have included the discovery, that Titan has Earth-like processes. Another discovery is that the small moon Enceladus has a hot-spot at its southern pole, jets on the surface, that spew out ice crystals and evidence of liquid water beneath its surface.

Cassini’s observations of Titan, have given scientists, a glimpse of what Earth might have been like, before life evolved. They now believe, Titan possesses many parallels to Earth, including lakes, rivers, channels, dunes, rain, snow, clouds, mountains and possibly volcanoes.

The next time you switch on your Digital Camera, why not point it at the heavens? You never know, you may surprise yourself.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the Digital Circus.


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