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Ian Regan

Ian Regan

Ian Regan hails from Plymouth, Great Britain. He has a long-time passion for astronomy, particularly for the Apollo Lunar Program and unmanned exploration of the outer planets. His biggest astronomical inspiration is the late British popularizer and TV presenter, Sir Patrick Moore. A contributor to the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, he is also an image-processor for the forthcoming big-screen film "In Saturn's Rings."

Check out Ian's work at his Flickr and YouTube accounts:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/10795027@N08/

https://www.youtube.com/user/planetaryprobes

Latest Blog Posts

Saturn in Widescreen: The Voyager 2 Approach Movie

Posted 2015/07/07 09:18 CDT | 1 comment

Ian Regan shares his mesmerizing animated sequence of Voyager 2's approach to Saturn—and explains the process behind its creation.

Another Pale Blue Dot — Uranus Spied By Cassini

Posted 2014/04/30 06:53 CDT | 1 comment

The Cassini mission has already returned an array of images of other solar system members from Saturn orbit: Earth (and the Moon), Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. It’s time to add another world to that list!

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Latest Processed Space Images

Saturn and its moons from Voyager 2

Saturn and its moons from Voyager 2

Posted 2016/05/25 | 0 comments

Voyager 2 captured the images for this view of Saturn on July 12, 1981. Three moons are visible: Rhea below the disk, and Tethys and Enceladus on the disk. Tethys' shadow falls on the planet. The image was taken on the same day as this more garish view that was released by NASA.

Saturn from above

Saturn from above

Posted 2016/03/18 | 0 comments

On January 20, 2007 Cassini's orbit took it 60 degrees above the plane of the rings to capture this top-down view, composed of 12 separate wide-angle camera footprints. The resolution is about 77 kilometers per pixel. In the upper right corner of the image, Prometheus, Pandora, and Janus skirt the edge of the rings. This is the main ring system, from the thin braid of the F ring at outer edge, across the A ring to the densest B ring (which appears dark because we're looking at the unlit face here) into the C ring. The D ring is very faint and goes almost all the way down to Saturn's clouds.

Approaching Neptune (video)

Approaching Neptune (video)

Posted 2016/03/11 | 0 comments

Voyager 2 flew past Neptune on August 25, 1989. Here, Ian Regan has taken a long sequence of Neptune images shot through many different filters in July and August 1989, as Voyager 2 approached. Regan aligned them to make a rough draft of a movie of the spinning planet. It will take much more work to generate color frames from the images. Voyager 2 was relaying the images to Earth as it was taking them, so its frame rate was limited by how fast it could send each image: images are separated in time by about 5 minutes. There were gaps in imaging as Voyager 2 turned its camera to photograph other features in the Neptune system (rings and moons).

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