Bruce Murray Space Image Library

33 Cassini views of Iapetus, March and April 2015

33 Cassini views of Iapetus, March and April 2015
33 Cassini views of Iapetus, March and April 2015 Cassini took the images used to make these color composites through clear, ultraviolet, green, and infrared filters between 26 March and 1 April 2015. They show Iapetus' north pole above its leading hemisphere, which is coated with dark material that likely originated on Phoebe. The images are enlarged 2x from their original resolution. NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

To make these images, a color composite was made by combining the ultraviolet, green, and average of two infrared frames into a single color photo. A grayscale image was made by stacking clear, ultravioet, green, and infrared frames in order to smooth out JPEG compression artifacts and reduce noise from cosmic ray hits. The color image was then overlaid on the grayscale image.

Here is an animation of the images.

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