Cassini's Amazing Photos of Saturn & it's Moons

I've seen most of these images before but there was a cool imgur thread on this today: http://imgur.com/a/9QgnT

Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon passes in front of the largest, Titan

The moon Daphnis' gravity creates vertical waves in the Keeler Gap

Saturn passes in front of the sun

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

Casting a shadow on the rings

The hexagonal storm vortex at the north pole

A summer storm encircles the planet

Equatorial ridge on the moon Iapetus

Mimas passes in front of Saturn's upper atmosphere

Prometheus creates an intricate pattern of perturbation in Saturn's F ring

The 'spongy' moon Hyperion

Geysers on Enceladus

Mimas' primary crater

Close up of Enceladus

The moon Prometheus

The moon Rhea looms near its sibling moon Epimetheus

Hexagonal storm at the north pole

 

Boom! Phone Post 3.0

Well fuck my ass hole Phone Post 3.0

Badass. First one looks like a titty. Phone Post 3.0

Hexagonal storm - WTF?

Amazing. Can't get enough of this stuff Phone Post 3.0

They're all renderings, no? Phone Post 3.0

There has to be aliens there

TryhardNobody - Notice no stars in the background
Why is that Phone Post 3.0

Holy fuck, are those pics legit or renderings? Phone Post 3.0

Holy fucking shitballs. Not your everyday space pics. Amazing.

these were all done on a Mac ... humans have never been to space

The universe is fucked.

wow. just fucking wow.

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jkd_guy - 
TryhardNobody - Notice no stars in the background
Why is that Phone Post 3.0


From reddit:



The main reason (in a nutshell) is due to the cameras, and exposure.



Due to the amount of light that gets reflected by the surface itself, it 'overpowers' the faint light from the stars. You have a bright light source in the surface and faint in the stars, and need to decide on an exposure. A short exposure will catch the details on the surface but not give enough time to gather much (if any) light from the stars. A longer exposure might get the stars, but the entire surface would be one huge white splotch as it's overexposed. Anything in the middle would be a tradeoff of one or the other.



TL;DR version - Cameras need to be adjusted to capture the surface or the stars, but really hard to do both

jkd_guy -
TryhardNobody - Notice no stars in the background
Why is that Phone Post 3.0
'Cause its all NASA propaganda.. Phone Post 3.0

Amazing. So incredible that we are from a generation that gets to see images like these for the first time.

I've often thought that I have to live long enough until we find life elsewhere. Even if its bacteria inside Enceladus, I will die happy. Phone Post

Chest Rockwell - Badass. First one looks like a titty. Phone Post 3.0
This response epitomizes why I love this place. VTFU Phone Post 3.0

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