Monday, March 4, 2013

Color Contrast of Saturn

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On February 28, 2013 on its way to a flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea, Cassini captured images of the face Saturn using its Continuum band 2 and Methane band 2 filters. This is a two image composite of those two shots. Using the methane filter you can see the detail in the swirling gas layers that you would often see at Jupiter. This is a false image of the atmosphere of Saturn to help show the distinctive differences in the coloration and to bring out the details in the methane gases. The planet is tilted so the top is at the top left.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/ composite by Errol Coder
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