The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Saturn on August 20, 2012
Filed under Cassini, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, global views, Saturn, Saturn's rings
Cassini captured the images used to make this color composite of Saturn on August 20, 2012. Cassini was on the southern side of the ring plane with the Sun in the north, so the opaque B ring appears very dark while the transparent A and C rings are lighter. The rings cast shadows on Saturn's southern hemisphere.
NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla
Composed of images taken through red, green, and blue filters. Processing involved erasing cosmic ray hit blemishes with the use of the Photoshop Clone tool and adjustment of levels in individual layers to produce approximately true color.
Original image data dated on or about August 20, 2012.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla
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