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Nangleator
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)

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

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

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

biliousfrog
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.

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

JeffrySG
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!
http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/sat_04_20/s07_8638_100.jpg

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

http://www.astro.keele.ac.uk/%7Erdj/planets/images/Planet%20comparisons/691px-Saturn,_Earth_size_comparison.jpg

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]

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Titan_Earth_Comparison_at_29_km_per_px.png

earth vs mars
mars diameter 4,200 miles
http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/facts/planets/Earth.gif

earth vs our moon vr the moon of rhea [in orbit around saturn]
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3a/Rhea_Earth_Moon_Comparison.png

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


http://cosmic-web.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/planets2008.jpg

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

http://www.spudart.org/blog/images/2007/moon-usa-size-comparison2.png

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

zapper1998
04-23-2009, 04:09 AM
wow so cool

tk

Nangleator
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!)

SaturnX
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!

kosmodave
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.

Nangleator
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.

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

Mind boggling images.

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

Nangleator
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.

AdamAvenali
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.

Dennik
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.