Emily Lakdawalla • Aug 10, 2007
Some cool Cassini images
This animation, produced by Gordan Ugarkovic, is one of the coolest I've seen in a long time. You really get a perspective on what a monster moon Titan is compared to the other little iceballs. Gordan produced it by colorizing images that were captured at a wavelength invisible to human eyes. This particular wavelength is one in which methane is relatively transparent. So we can see through some of the methane haze on both Saturn and Titan. Thus the animation gives you details you couldn't possibly see with your own eyes -- the motion of Saturn's cloud bands, and murky hints of surface features on Titan. The color is artificial, but is based upon reality, color images taken at other times of Saturn and Titan.
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