View Full Version : Mind-boggling Saturn reference images

04-21-2009, 04:38 PM
I particularly love the refraction effects of the atmosphere on the rings, and the moon closeups.

Linky. (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/04/cassinis_continued_mission.html)

04-21-2009, 05:05 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!! Holly excremental bodily functions!!!!

04-22-2009, 12:25 AM
Why does it has a flawles CG look to it?

04-22-2009, 03:10 AM
Pardon my French but Fekkin' stunning! :)

04-22-2009, 03:20 AM
Why does it has a flawles CG look to it?

For the same reason that Aldren and Armstrong could operate a Hassleblad in a radioactive environment from chest height with inch thick gloves and get better photo's than most professional photographers in perfect studio lighting :stumped: ...space makes photo's perfect :D

Actually, some of those Saturn photo's are stitched (the first image is made from 45 images) so I wouldn't be surprised if some photoshop work was done to clean them up a bit.

04-22-2009, 05:03 AM
Why does it has a flawles CG look to it?

04-22-2009, 07:55 AM
Thanks for the link! Some kick-AS5 pictures!

I think this one might be my favorite but I can't really decide!

04-23-2009, 02:55 AM
saturn is B.B..bbbb.b.b.b.BIG!


earth diameter 7,926 miles
saturn diameter 74,900 miles

and titan's diamter is 3,200 miles [a moon of saturn with a dense atmosphere]


earth vs mars
mars diameter 4,200 miles

earth vs our moon vr the moon of rhea [in orbit around saturn]

04-23-2009, 03:09 AM
sun vs earth in size...


04-23-2009, 03:15 AM
moon vs usa in surface area...


so i hope now you start to get an idea of just how big saturn 'is'!

04-23-2009, 04:09 AM
wow so cool


04-23-2009, 05:29 AM
Awesome comparisons!

Also, Mars has the same land area as Earth. (Darn oceans take up a lot of real estate!)

04-23-2009, 09:33 AM
Awesome comparisons!

Also, Mars has the same land area as Earth. (Darn oceans take up a lot of real estate!)

Aye, and only a relatively small fraction of that land area is habitable.
Earth's been getting the overclocking treatment for years, thank goodness we have built in water cooling :D

Good thread btw!

04-23-2009, 09:43 AM
Thanks for the links, fantastic pics - makes you realise how insignificant we are in the great scheme of things.

04-23-2009, 09:52 AM
The distances are more impressive than the different sizes.

From this (http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/) fun site, if the sun was about the size of a marble, the Earth would orbit 3'6" away, but Pluto would be 139' away, at that scale.

The closest star would be over 180 miles away.

Oh, and the model of the Earth would be 0.0036" in diameter.

04-23-2009, 09:16 PM
The picture clarity also comes from there being no atmospheric haze in space.

Mind boggling images.

04-23-2009, 10:16 PM
Cress, your picture is wrong...pluto is a planet..i dont care how they try to 'reclassify'...lol

04-24-2009, 06:40 AM
I know how you feel, but reclassification is kosher. Mars and Jupiter and Saturn were all 'stars' long ago.

04-24-2009, 06:53 AM
i have a condo for sale on pluto if anyone is interested. since the reclassification it has been really hard to move real estate there.

04-24-2009, 07:12 AM
You know....
I'm 33 years old and seeing images like that, makes me wish that space travel will be cheap enough during my lifetime so that I'll be able to visit those places once before I die.
However the only thing I see happening at most, is having a regular crew stationed on the Moon and Mars in the next 50 years, which probably going to cost hundreds of billions, but I don't see cheap space travel anytime soon. Not while we are stuck with the current archaic propulsion technology.