CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

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We Came. We Saw. It's Done.
09-25-2017  08:50:51

I,ve been a very long time without posting here unfortunately, but I want to thank you very much, Carolyn, as well as the rest of the CICLOPS team for sharing with us all those images and letting us dream with worlds so fascinating, from ringed Saturn to distant Phoebe and especially Enceladus and Titan. Your last entry has been especially touching to me.

The next day to Cassini's transformation in a myth, I took the telescope to watch Saturn as a homage to it. The planet was there, girdled with its rings, and of its moons just Titan was visible. Very different to what it was before Cassini's arrival but at the same time it had not changed at all, alone again.

Cassini is gone and all that remains is Huygens somewhere at Adiri, in Titan, but her legacy will endure and -hopefully- will inspirate new generations to boldly go where no other has gone before, to unlock the mysteries of the Universe.

Kudos to everyone who has made this adventure possible .
Ten Years Ago Today ...
07-01-2014  09:16:12

I've been a long time without posting here, but thank you sincerely, Dr. Porco for sharing your love of space exploration with us. May the remaining years of the Cassini mission be so fruitful and full of exciting discoveries as the previous ones.

The Day the Earth Smiled
11-12-2013  15:34:57

Greetings again.

You know, me thought it was difficult after so many great images you'd be able to cause a jaw-dropping, but you've caused that twice in the last weeks: first with that amazing view of Saturn seen from above and last with this kind encore of "In Saturn's Shadow".

Keep this stuff coming... we'll miss it within four years.

Earth's Twin Seen From Saturn
03-04-2013  17:53:28

Impressive image, of course; really love the golden hue of the rings.

What's Venus' apparent magnitude seen from Saturn?. I estimate it around 0 (so bright as Vega)

A Splendor Seldom Seen
12-19-2012  02:16:53

In Saturn's Shadow returns. Simply put, jaw-dropping. Excellent work, CICLOPS!.

Another Death Star?
12-03-2012  06:01:25

Well, in Star Wars there were the two Death Stars on the movies and at least other in the expanded universe (novels, etc), so there's no problem.

It seems, however, that no TIE fighters, nor Star Destroyers so far...

Saturn 'Rev 175' Raw Preview #2
11-28-2012  16:34:47

Impressive. Now, it's time to measure speeds, temperatures, etc; it may -and surely will- hold surprises as the south pole vortex had.

Dwarfed by Saturn
10-29-2012  07:48:45

Gorgeous. Love Saturn's perspective

Night Side Rings
08-30-2012  02:33:23

It's a pleasure to see again images taken from outside the plane of the rings.

Colorful Colossuses and Changing Hues
08-30-2012  02:31:58

Another amazing picture; as you comment, it's fun to compare Saturn's look of the northern & southern hemispheres in this image with the aspect they had on earlier images you released.

As a side note, having started to read Stephen Baxter's "Titan". Highly suggested.

A Ring of Color
08-30-2012  02:24:19

Another great image of a crescent Titan with the plus of that vortex; as a side note, the Photojournal image ( seems to be corrupted or something.

Polar Vortex in Color
08-30-2012  02:22:26

Fantastic. Given Saturn has a southern polar vortex too -albeit right now likely in darkness-, it resembles an image of Saturn took when it was visible with the rings removed.

Orange and Blue Hazes
12-22-2011  16:39:44

Superb contrast of blues and oranges on that closeup; it looks as if there was other largue body behind Titan.

Titan and Dione
12-22-2011  16:38:29

This one is the best of all; just note how looks the haze on Titan's upper atmosphere in front of Saturn.

Holiday Treats ... from Us to You
12-22-2011  16:37:07

Awesome stuff as usual. Thanks, CICLOPS, and have a merry Christmas and a happy 2012 as well as the other members of Sector 6.

The Saturn Storm Chronicles
11-18-2011  03:36:22

+10. Superb stuff as usual. Keep up the good job, CICLOPS!.

Hiding Little Brother
11-14-2011  17:58:48

Yet another fascinating perspective trick; it's hard to believe both moons are separated by many thousands of kilometers and not nearly touching. Keep'em coming.

In, Around, Beyond Rings
10-24-2011  07:51:06

Jaw dropping image. Keep this superb stuff coming as before.

Dramatic Helene
08-18-2011  04:43:13

So awesome and so dramatic. You'll never cease to surprise us. It's hard to believe that's a moon of Saturn and not a comet or asteroid.

Catching Its Tail
07-06-2011  16:59:39

Impressive images, much more after so many months without a true color one. Thanks.

It seems Saturn does not like the storm; looks sad (see the shadows of the rings).

High-Res Helene
07-04-2011  07:48:44

Great stuff as always. It's really interesting to observ how Helene has so few (and little) craters, in concordance with being a pile of rubble.

Helene 'Rev 149' Raw Preview #3
06-26-2011  15:04:18

This one is perhaps the most impressive of all images of this release. Keep them coming.

Bright Moons, Dark Planet
06-20-2011  08:16:34

Simply put, jawdropping.

Scanning Enceladus' Surface
05-09-2011  06:25:36

Great stuff. I really like the spiderlike crater in the bottom left of the image.

Look-alike Moons
04-06-2011  03:41:07

+1, Nekto. 100% agreed.

Mimas 'Rev 144' Raw Preview #1
03-28-2011  18:20:50


Methane Rain on Titan's Deserts
03-17-2011  17:22:34

Awesome job, CICLOPS!. Some years ago, I commented I hoped Cassini would spot rainfall on Titan's equator as spring advanced there and I'm glad to see I wasn't wrong.

As Carolyn says, the best is still to come; I'm quite sure during next years the clouds on Titan's north pole will vanish, clouds will appear on the satellite's south pole, and that the north pole seas will start to lose liquid due to weather conditions.

It's possible to know much has rained there?.

Moons Small to Large
03-08-2011  02:32:42

Tuesday's APOD image. Congratulations!

Beyond Southern Rhea
02-28-2011  15:41:42

Amazing without doubt.

Rhea 'Rev 143' Raw Preview #5
01-14-2011  16:54:01

Impressive. Nothing less than that thanks to the way the NAC compress perspective and makes Dione to look as she was hanging of the rings and very near of Rhea.
This one is a 100% APOD image.

Rhea Rev 143 Raw Preview
01-13-2011  06:58:33

Awesome images. Congratulations for the success of this new flyby!.

I've seeing the raw images of Rhea's limb and it seems there's no trace of its ring system. Perhaps heavy processing and/or other instruments will reveal something.

12-18-2010  06:45:07

6(!) Enceladus flybys for 2011, but next year will be quite boring in Titanian terms; just 5 Titan flybys :(

Enceladus 'Rev 141' Raw Preview #2
12-18-2010  06:40:33

I find difficult that being a chunk of ice or a meteorite; if you look it closely it has a kind of tail and, assuming the object has left that tail, it does not seem as if it was coming from Enceladus.

In my opinion it's just another cosmic ray hit.

Enceladus 'Rev 141' Raw Preview #3
12-18-2010  06:30:24

I lost this one. Awesome Kodak Moment.

Southern Shadows
12-18-2010  06:28:50

Superb image with so many shadows; it's fun to see how Saturn's happiness is becoming Saturn's sadness as the shadows of the rings are moving into southern hemisphere, perhaps because this is the final (and longest) part of the mission and Saturn will miss Cassini.

How are things going in Saturn?. Have the remaining bluish hues of northen hemisphere disappeared and are beginning to appear on southern hemisphere?

Enceladus Rev 141 Raw Preview
12-02-2010  04:00:49

Well done!. I tip my hat to you for a new succesful Enceladus flyby and Cassini back to work. Raw images are nothing less than amazing, especially the #1 that looks as Enceladus was a huge cosmic egg and something was cracking it from the inside. Keep up the good work!.

Looking Over Dione's Wisps
11-16-2010  14:33:09

According to Cassini's web page, if everything goes fine she should be ready again just in time for the next Enceladus flyby -day 30 (tuesday, by the way) of this month-
11-15-2010  16:16:43

100% with stowaway -except that the "Latest Sight" was my lunch's companion, not my breakfast's one. I even remember CICLOPS *never* failed to release the daily image; just one time (May 2006) it wasn't released at the usual hour, but the cause -probably- was cosmic ray-induced glitch on Cassini (

Hope this is just temporal; I always came here early in the morning (for you) and very often I left at least a vote.
11-15-2010  07:57:24

Good question. I was making the same one.

The Tallest Peaks
11-05-2010  07:05:04

Simply put, amazing. Despite the "Daily Image" has become a "Weekly Image", keep this great stuff coming as you've done so many years.

(PD: Hope everything goes fine with Cassini. This has worried me:

Highlighting Plumes
10-01-2010  07:14:48

WoW... except for the lack of a "superlaser" crater, looks as if someone had painted of white the Death Star and we were seeing it from above or below.

It's a pity all jets are on Enceladus' south pole and there're no jets in other zones of the moon; a cryovolcanic version of Io would be quite a sight.

Conjoined Moons
09-24-2010  17:42:39

This is one of the most impressive images of this kind ever released. Keep them coming.

Biggest Saturnian Moons
09-24-2010  17:34:09

It's truly impressive to see Rhea stacked over Titan.

Quartet and Crescent
09-10-2010  07:21:03

Yet even another outstanding image. The trio Saturn-Tethys-Titan is amazing; it reminds me this other:

Crescent Dione
09-06-2010  03:06:27

Lovely, with Dione looking like a mythological bow.

High-Phase Plumes
09-06-2010  03:05:30

Amazing image. Details on Enceladus' night side, the plumes... keep them coming.

Narrow Band
08-27-2010  13:35:56

Finally a color image!. I had forgotten what was to see one recently released :)

Cassini's point of view gives a superb image and it's curious to see remmants of northern's hemisphere blues.

Enceladus "Rev 136" Raw Preview #2
08-27-2010  13:29:26

Despite being still a raw image, this one may be well one of the most spectacular images you've ever released.

Beyond Saturn's South
08-03-2010  11:08:20

Awesome. A full disk view would be a sight (and including the rings.., well).

Flying By Pandora
08-03-2010  11:07:38

It's truly impressive; the most interesting thing of the image is the low depth of the craters.

Daphnis "Rev 134" Raw Preview #2
07-07-2010  17:02:16

Excellent image, not only because Daphnis no longer looks as a featureless bunch of pixels but also because of the details of the wakes she makes on the rings.

06-23-2010  06:05:36

Perhaps during Cassini's proximal orbits near of the end of the mission there would be a possibility of imaging the rings at relatively close distances...

Dione and Ghostly Titan
06-23-2010  05:49:14

Excellent image. I love the way the NAC comprises perspective and makes both moons so close and how both are so different; with some imagination, one could think Dione orbits Titan.

Rings, Rhea and Janus
06-01-2010  07:00:51

Fantastic; it looks as if Rhea was touching the rings.

Enceladus "Rev 131" Flyby Raw Preview #7
06-01-2010  06:55:33

Congratulations on winning the Carl Sagan award!. You deserved it.

AWESOME image.

Lightning Flashing on Saturn
04-20-2010  17:17:15

I've the audio recording you mention and it makes me to imagine mighty lightning strikes falling into the never-ending Jovian atmosphere.
As a side note, after reading your comment, I've searched for lightning in Jupiter, and both Galileo and Cassini imaged also flashes on Jupiter's night side.
04-16-2010  17:47:12

Well done!. I've to tip (again!) my hat to you. Another new discover to add to Cassini's list -BTW, were lightnings seen in jovian planets before (read: Jupiter), or is Cassini the first probe to image them?-. Now, it's time for artists to imagine how would be a storm under ringshine.

Before Hazy Titan
04-12-2010  08:24:13

Impressive thanks to the NAC and its tricks; it looks as if Dione was stacked just above Titan.

Cratered Spud
04-05-2010  08:12:59

This image has been today's APOD, and no doubt you've done a truly impressive job removing cosmic ray hits and the like. The hard work behind the scenes to create views so impressive as this one makes you even more worth of credit; however, after nearly six years of impressive images from Saturn I'm not saying anything new.
03-19-2010  07:04:30

Truly spectacular: this image deserves to be one of the (very) best you've released this year. Thanks, CICLOPS.

Examining Herschel Crater
03-29-2010  14:49:20

Wonderful mosaic; it's even more dramatic that "Herschel: Dead On" (; instead of the Death Star, Mimas looks like a frigid eye.

Bizarre Temperatures on Mimas
03-29-2010  14:45:30

At the very first (Voyagers), we had a moon that looked like the "Death Star". Now, with Cassini the Death Star has become Pacman's land; it seems Mimas "loves" the best decade ever -the 80's-.
Jokes apart, this is one of the reasons why to have a Solstice mission: to continue unlocking the many secrets the saturnian system has. As sustayne and NeKto, can't wait to see what surprising explanation you'll have to explain that. Excellent work and keep it up!.

03-26-2010  18:45:18

Undoubtely, a juicy orbit... and next one has another close Enceladus flyby. Good luck and may you find cryovolcanic activity on Dione.

Widening Rings
03-26-2010  18:22:11

Magnificent. This is the kind of images you never cease to like.

Rhea Rev 127 Flyby Raw Preview
03-03-2010  16:05:16

Excellent work!. Now, it's time to analyze the results and see what surprises has Rhea in store.

Enceladan Tectonics
03-02-2010  06:23:01

"Cold Tectonics". Superb work, as usual.

03-01-2010  16:42:08

Thanks and -again- good luck (PS: to call Rhea's ring system "Tears of Rhea" does sound more poetic that "Pearls of Rhea", not?)
02-25-2010  07:41:55

May Cassini find the "Pearls of Rhea" -Rhea's ring system-. Why not to try to image them a trick similar to that used by Voyagers to find Jupiter's ring system? (a photo with the Sun just behind Rhea)

Bursting at the Seams
02-23-2010  16:09:54

You were not lying when you told us after that composition of Enceladus' south polar region that was featured in APOD that we'd better stay tuned. Excellent work!

Peaceful Portrait
02-23-2010  16:08:11

Magical and truly a sight. Thanks, CICLOPS; keep'em coming

Calypso "Rev 126" Flyby Raw Preview #1
02-18-2010  16:15:43

Rather than the head of a fish, it reminds me Cyrano de Bergerac's nose, or if you prefer so that picture of the asteroid Gaspra taken by the Galileo spacecraft on her route towards Jupiter.

Mimas "Rev 126" Flyby Raw Preview #1
02-15-2010  17:35:26

Simply put, impressive. Words fail to describe images as this one.

02-12-2010  16:55:36

Be very careful; Lord Vader or the Great Moff Tarkin may take Cassini as a Rebel spacecraft. You've been warned.

Can't wait to see Herschel at that resolution; we may get one of the most impressive images of the entire mission. Good luck for the flyby.

Color Between Moons
02-06-2010  04:36:51

Magical and irreal thanks to the narrow-angle camera. Thanks and keep this coming for the remaining adventure of the "Supreme Explorer"

Rugged Mimas
02-03-2010  16:17:38

Cool, but I prefer "Herschel: Dead On" ( Really dramatic.


Thanks to all those hard-working people who have made it possible

Prometheus "Rev 125" Flyby Raw Preview
01-29-2010  08:18:40

The alien look of Prometheus is at least fascinating...

Dione "Rev 125" Flyby Raw Preview
01-29-2010  08:17:51

Interesting image. What are those lines that appear on the right side of the image that appear also in other raw images?

Blemished by Mimas
01-22-2010  08:01:41

Breathtaking, as usual. Images with a crescent Saturn divided by the rings have a magic others do not have and this one is not an exception. Thanks.

Tethys Slips Behind Titan
01-15-2010  08:25:01

I remember to have seen this in Cassini's raw images section. I expected you'd make a movie -as those you released last month-, but these color images are as impressive as them. Excellent work as usual; with a bit of imagination, one could think of the second Death Star moving behind Endor (the first one is Mimas)

Potato Pair
01-14-2010  07:35:04

Nice image and fun title. As a side note, 5th anniversary of the Huygens landing.

Moon, Shadow and Rings
01-01-2010  06:16:04

Another fine masterpiece from CICLOPS. What else can be said?

Enceladus Before the Rings
12-31-2009  09:57:01

Breathtaking. Happy new 2010 to CICLOPS and all Sector 6 members!

Special Holiday Raw Preview #1
12-30-2009  15:10:44

33.33333333...% Science
33.33333333...% Art
33.33333333...% Epic

Special Holiday Raw Preview #3
12-30-2009  15:07:33

Amazing image without doubt. As a side note, what is that behind Prometheus?. Maybe the F-ring and Prometheus' shadow?

Stately Saturn
12-25-2009  12:17:18

A GREAT -in all senses- image. And the best things are: 1) try to find Tethys' shadow, 2) compare with earlier images to see how has been disappearing Saturn's blues. Keep up the good work! (and, by the way, hope to see soon a Voyager-like Cassini's picture of Saturn)

Cassini's Holiday Greetings!
12-23-2009  15:26:03

"Dance of the rings (and moons)". Excellent work, CICLOPS!.

Enormous Elongated Shadow
12-18-2009  16:29:15

This is what I've been waiting for since the start of the Equinox mission. Well done; impressive image, although a full-phase Saturn would have make it even more spectacular.

Global View of Iapetus' Dichotomy
12-10-2009  17:31:07

First you came with the Hexagon. Now with Iapetus. What a week you're given; keep up the good work -I'll have to update Wikipedia to reflect the findings of that article-

Oblate Mimas
12-10-2009  07:50:59

This is perhaps one of the best images of Mimas you've ever taken, since its scarred topology can be seen quite clearly despite Herschel is not visible.
Also, the oblateness is a nice bonus.

Spring Unveils Saturn's Hexagon
12-10-2009  03:24:27

Amazing work!. And the best is still to come if there's a Solstice mission (hope so).

Narrow Shadow
12-08-2009  09:53:19

A beautiful sight, although that's something more than usual on your works

Enceladus "Rev 121" Flyby Raw Preview #8
11-29-2009  13:17:03

Thanks!. Can't wait to see it.
11-29-2009  04:53:47

Please, don't be angered for sending you the link; it was to show it to other members of Sector6 -and, of course, you're the scientists; you know where to point the cameras-

It will be a pleasure to see the your mosaic -the "official" one-. No doubt you'll impress us as have done so many times during these years.
11-28-2009  18:39:36

Thanks, Carolyn!. Now, I've the ideas much clear.

For many years -since the first time I saw it through a telescope- I was of Titan. You know, seeing that tiny star that accompanied Saturn and wondering and attempting to imagine what could exist below its orange haze.
Cassini arrived at Saturn and we not only know what exists below Titan's haze but also have a world that could have been imagined by a sci-fi writer and that surely has -perhaps living- surprises inside: Enceladus.
Two world so interesting and just one future's a pity.

As a side note, check out this impressive mosaic. Enceladus' machinery working at full power. What a sight:
11-28-2009  03:27:26

High quality comments, keep them coming. As a side note, it's amazing how a body so small as Enceladus is so active while Tethys which is certainly more massive is dead, or at least very nearly so. Perhaps its low density compared with the relatively high density of Enceladus has something to tell?

Enceladus Rev 121 Flyby Raw Preview
11-21-2009  13:05:24

Impressive selection; numbers #1, #3, and #5 are the best ones in my opinion.

It's a pity we'll miss Enceladus' south pole soon when winter arrives there.

11-21-2009  10:17:41

Thanks, Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971, for reporting Enceladus' raw images have arrived; it seems the flyby has been succesful (Bravo again for Cassini!).

Although with much less resolution than others, they look interesting... we'll see what information extract from them that nice people at CICLOPS, other scientists, etc.

Scene Seen in the Near-Infrared
11-21-2009  06:29:27

Me too; being used to the classical look of Saturn -both in Cassini images and telescope views-, the alien look of Saturn in the infrared is really tantalizing and cool.

By the way, want also to see more images as this one:
11-20-2009  07:41:05

Impressive image, even more than ""Bright Spokes, Dark Rings". As always, the bowlike appearance of a crescent Saturn with the rings resembling an arrow is a sight. Keep them coming.

Spotlight on Penelope
11-20-2009  07:38:16

Great explanation and image, thanks.

Bright Spokes, Dark Rings
11-13-2009  06:26:22

Beautiful as few ones. Saturn's cloud belts and the "dirty" aspect of the rings caused by the spokes are a sight. Thanks.

Atmospheric Distortion
11-05-2009  03:09:09

Very interesting, like another similar images, but this time with the bonus of Saturn's night side. Keep them coming.

Enceladus Rev 120 Flyby Raw Preview
11-03-2009  03:50:45

Well done!. Congratulations for this new succesful Enceladus flyby!. Raw images look great and as always surely there will be surprises hidden in the data collected and sent by Cassini.

It's a pity those cool ad graphics that illustrated each flyby aren't no more released on Cassini's website. Anyway, keep up the good work!.

Post-Equinox Color
10-30-2009  08:27:24

Sorry, I meant to say (scientific) art
10-30-2009  08:27:00

Exquisite and a feast for the eyes. Thanks again for this great work of (scientific)

Have a happy Samain both CICLOPS and everyone on the CICLOPS Alliance!

Eclipsing Titan
10-27-2009  06:35:45

Quite interesting image; Titan certainly looks alien

Light-Dark Enigma
10-23-2009  18:08:35

Nice image, with Iapetus posing with is Death Star-like look.

As a side note, why aren't in CICLOPS those three impressive color images on Cassini website? ( "Enigmatic Titan", for example, is truly, truly beautiful.

Two Halves of Titan
10-16-2009  07:33:08

Excellent image. No doubt it will be truly interesting to follow the evolution of Titan's weather during the following months.

Saturnscape After Equinox
10-02-2009  08:17:42

Magnificent and worth of a full view (not just the illuminated side). As the one you released last friday (Shadow South of Another, this one transmits the feeling of something we've seen before... but with much better eyes.

Darkness Falls on Rhea
09-26-2009  11:09:50

I agree with bruno.thiery... the effect also is quite dramatic.

Shadow South of Another
09-25-2009  08:46:03

Considerably beautiful, as is usual on the images you release. This one has a Voyager-like feeling, perhaps due to the narrow shadow of the rings.

The Black Spot
09-22-2009  08:02:35

It's a pity that: 1) Titan's shadow is so off-center and 2) not to have caught it when Cassini was in front of the planet. Anyway, good work!. This is what we were waiting for since the Equinox mission was announced.

Rain on the Plane
09-21-2009  17:53:27

Impressive discovery. Imagine what havoc could cause something larguer than those projectiles -that perhaps has happened during Saturn's history-.

The Rite of Spring
09-21-2009  17:37:58

Simply put, there're no words to describe the beauty of this image. I believed that after enjoying images as this one: or this other: -to cite just two-, it would be difficult to create something that rivalled in beauty to them... and you've done it again. Thanks for this great image and I hope there will be a "Solstice Mission" to have more discoveries from Saturn and epic images as this one.

Rhea's Ring Shadow
09-19-2009  03:07:20

Awesome image. It's a pity Saturn could not fit entirely into the camera's FOV and that Rhea's shadow is not easy to find at first; otherwise, it would be eve more spectacular.

Twice-Lit Moon
09-19-2009  02:55:04

Beautiful and interesting. It's fun to follow the ridge sytem from the Sun-illuminated side to the Saturn-illuminated one. Thanks, CICLOPS, and keep them coming.

Cassini's 'T6' Titan Flyby
09-14-2009  16:59:52

Really?!. Can't wait to see the "Arrakis Planitia" :)

Crater View
09-12-2009  04:36:44

One of the best Janus images released.

Dione's Ring Shadow Premiere
09-12-2009  04:36:10

Thanks, CICLOPS, for inviting us to this premiere.

Saturn Equinox Raw Preview #3
08-30-2009  05:51:01

Cosmic ray hits on the CCD. They're quite common on raw, unprocessed images asthis one.

Ring Around Titan
08-27-2009  07:58:07

Beautiful despite it's a B-W image, as always...
08-27-2009  07:58:06

Beautiful despite it's a B-W image, as always...

Equinox Arrives!
08-25-2009  13:33:46

I have to agree with PeterDarmady, and of course as expected, I'm glad to see there're so many people thinking as me or him. People that make US that so-loved country despite someone as GWB, people thanks to which there's something as NASA.
And as him, my heroes were (and are) people as Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan (I remembered his death made me to cry and to know of that JUST the day I borrowed from the library "A Pale Blue Dot"), and of course Carolyn Porco and many others as them.
08-13-2009  02:51:35

I agree. Thanks for bringing us these hot -in both senses- images

Shadows Big and Small
08-24-2009  13:07:17

Simply put, amazing. Not only the geometry, but also to see stars through t he rings. And if Tethys' shadow was in the middle of the rings would be even more impressive.

Although this has not much to see with Saturn, I'd be pleased if you asked me about this: we know asteroid belts as appear on sci-fi movies, etc. are innacurately represented and perhaps the closest thing to them would be Saturn's rings or the like.

But what about a protoplanetary disk?. Could it look like as for example the asteroid field of "The Empire Strikes Back"?. Thanks in advance.

Saturn Equinox Raw Preview #2
08-13-2009  08:36:54

What I like of this image is how -thanks to you and the good people that manages the Cassini mission- we've seen the shadows disappearing from Saturn's northern hemisphere and the changing from winter/summer to spring/"fall" during these five years (it's like Enterprise's original mission in ST: TOS: "five years boldly seeing what no others have seen before").
You know, you have to create a color view of Saturn that looks like those good ol' Voyager images. I can't wait to see the progress of imaging technology between Voyager's vidicons and Cassini's CCDs.

Cutting 'Cross the C Ring
08-12-2009  08:10:15

Great one. As always, looks as somebody of astronomical proportions had cut the rings with a knife of also astronomical proportions.

Mimas' Bulging Middle
08-12-2009  08:07:09

Good image. Compare with this other:

Across Resplendent Rings
08-10-2009  15:39:36

As a final note, because I agree to discuss this is pointless, let's assume there's a Moon-sized starship in orbit around Saturn, and let's assume is pitch black (so that it absorbs all sunlight and cannot be directly seen) and needle-shaped. That "cloaking device" is not quite good, since the "ship" can be seen projected over the rings. And it could easily be seen when it passes in front of Saturn's disk, because even on a sync. orbit around Saturn it would pass over the planet.
Another problem is that if it was so close to the ring system, its huge mass -even if it was hollow- would disturb the ring system, even if it was far from it and surely that also could be seen from Earth. Do I have to follow?
08-10-2009  15:14:31

Sorry, I meant to say: "No amateur astronomer has seen it".
08-10-2009  15:13:54

Of course that there is a 2000 mile long spacecraft in Saturn. And the "Men in Black" are so efficient that no amateur astronomer (because something SO big should be seen with amateur telescopes), and despite its size does not disturb Saturn rings... come on.

Side by Side Shadows
08-10-2009  14:24:41

Excellent image. The best is to see how the shadows of both Saturn and Tethys run parallel one to each other.
After this one, this other is a must, even more than usually:

Highlighting Herschel
08-08-2009  14:10:32

It's beautiful, but also somewhat intimidating; it looks as the "eye in the sky" of that song of Alan Parsons Project that has that title.

A Small Find near Equinox
08-07-2009  16:20:39

Excellent work!. In a comment I made a few months ago, I remembered to suggest to search the rings for shadows that could be caused by small, undetected moonlets. Although undoubtely you had that idea much before than me, I like to see how that worked.

Shadow and Streamer-Channels
08-07-2009  08:27:00

Excellent combination of streamers and Prometheus' shadow. If one does not look closely, even seems the shadow is warped.

Colorful Northern Crescent
07-31-2009  08:08:30

It was a long time without a color image of Titan and this one doesn't deceive. Thanks, CICLOPS.

Sawtooth Shadows
07-30-2009  08:07:42

Gravity's tricks are truly amazing and this image show that very well.

Crooked Shadow
07-28-2009  08:00:00

One of the best shadow images you've released.

Enchanted Titan
07-24-2009  03:32:08

On its sense, quite beautiful. Have you thought on making a movie of Titan rotating -but in full phase, unlike a release of a few years ago in which we saw a rotating crescent Titan-?. No doubt it would be impressive.

Engulfing a Gap
07-20-2009  08:25:29

Dramatic thanks to the perspective tricks of Cassini's NAC; another fine work from CICLOPS.

Bright Duo
07-12-2009  11:00:11

I agree. At first, it's hard to figure out the geometry, but once you do that you get a great picture. Perspective tricks of Cassini's NAC I guess...

Exposing a Shadow
06-27-2009  04:19:46

Excelllent image, even being the planet overexposed. In my opinion, the best of these pictures is the way the shadows look as dark rips in the rings.

Waiting to see a transit of Titan's shadow over Saturn's disk :)

Weaving a Shadow
06-25-2009  07:29:32

Thanks for the input, John
06-23-2009  07:07:35

Superb. It's curious the way the shadow changes, perhaps due to relief in the rings -so they're not plane-.

Saturn from the Surface of Enceladus
06-25-2009  06:45:24


The March to Equinox Continues
06-23-2009  06:55:21

A very fine job, CICLOPS!. It's hard to choose one of these releases as the best.

From Rings to Planet
06-19-2009  07:14:13

A magnificent complement to:
Thanks, CICLOPS.

Southern Color
06-13-2009  05:52:54

Beautiful and breathtaking. Seeing it on full screen makes one to feel as if he/she was passing below Saturn.

Rippling Shadows
06-13-2009  05:51:28

It's amazing how the ripples caused by Daphnis cause those shadows (and to see how are truly three-dimensional waves, not just two-dimensional). Great work, CICLOPS!

Glorious View
05-15-2009  06:13:39

Superbly beautiful and even quite unreal. Thank you very much for that great image, CICLOPS; I tip my hat to you.

Moon Shadow Adornment
05-12-2009  08:41:36

Sorry, actually I meant a rip there, not a scratch
05-12-2009  08:40:58

Great. It looks as if something of cosmic proportions had made a scratch on the rings

Reciprocating Rings
05-12-2009  08:39:11

Actually, a few months ago CICLOPS released an image in which Mimas appeared being eclipsed by Saturn's rings:
05-09-2009  04:59:36

Really interesting image as usual on you. By the way, have you thought to make a movie of the rings eclipsing a moon similar to this one: ?. No doubt it would be a sight to see.

At Last ... 'Star Trek' Opens!
05-07-2009  14:33:07

:) With the due honours, I salute all the brave crewmen of the starship USS Enterprise. Although I've some trouble with the money I'll try to go to see the movie because of you at CICLOPS; I recognize I love Star Trek TOS -the one I best know-, followed by The Next Generation.

Trumpeting the Equinox
05-04-2009  03:35:41

Superb image. A mosaic with both the shadow and the moon that produces it would be great.

As a side note, surely you've thought this much before than me but why not to map the rings looking for shadows that could be caused by moonlets?. Perhaps that would be a good way to locate them.

Pastel Rings
04-25-2009  04:05:41

Magnificent. I've to recognize I'm an addict to these breathtaking images. Excellent work, CICLOPS!

Nested Rings
04-17-2009  07:00:18

Truly beautiful and even quite alien, especially since instead of bluish hues seems we're seeing greenish ones. Thanks, CICLOPS

Dione's Thumbnail
04-15-2009  06:42:31

Magnificent. Dione looks like the bow of a mythological hero.

Hazy Ring of Titan's Sky
04-10-2009  10:27:15

Amazingly beautiful; it has nothing to envide that superb "Titan's Halo" (; it reminds me a lot this Voyager image:

Keep this great stuff coming!

In Celebration of Galileo
04-03-2009  03:55:32

A very fine selection. I'd have added, however, that magnificent mosaic of Jupiter you took during the Jupiter flyby; if Galileo would have been impressed by knowing what actually were those three circles he saw through his telescope, no less by the majesty of Jupiter

04-02-2009  07:14:03

I've readen the T52 mission description and if everything goes well, the dataset of this flyby will be a juicy one. Good luck.
03-31-2009  14:59:08

TWO TITAN FLYBYS IN JUST ONE WEEK?! Honestly, it's hard to believe that, being so used to at most one Titan flyby per fifteen days (as during 2006-2007).

Can't wait to see what's in store for T52 if what you say is true... the mission description and the cool ad graphic haven't been released yet.

Dione's Pockmarked Side
03-25-2009  08:14:12

Very interesting image. It's also quite interesting to compare the basin that dominates this view of Dione with Tethys' huge crater Odysseus (for example, note how Odysseus seems to lack the internal ring Dione's basin has)

Moon Shadow in Motion
03-24-2009  15:49:52

Thanks again. It's a pity; I hope we'll see at least the ones of any other Saturn's largest moons.
Anyway, isn't even the possibility of seeing a partial transit of the shadow?. Sure even that would be quite dramatic
03-24-2009  08:51:38

One of the most dramatic and stunning movies you're ever released. Can't wait to see Titan's shadow doing that.

In Her Wake
03-24-2009  15:47:10

Thanks; I didn't remember that
03-12-2009  09:44:57

It would be interesting to know why Daphnis is able to create those features, while other moons that orbit within the rings not.

Shadow of Demarcation
03-20-2009  14:12:33

A great image, and even more greater when one compares it with alike images taken during past years

Tiny Moonlet Within G Ring Arc
03-07-2009  09:23:33

Another option could be to consider "moonlets" those bodies that have cleared (or mostly cleared) their orbits and "ringlets" those embedded within the rings -I believe that has been suggested before-. But still so, the variety of celestial bodies defies any attempt of classifing them, and that without accounting for what may exist beyond our solar system -some of that hopefully will be find by the Kepler mission-
03-06-2009  08:20:32

I think if CICLOPS had to name *all* the moonlets that orbit Saturn, there would not be enough mythological names for them. Perhaps one way to name them could be to do that just to those that seem to be durable over largue timescales (let's say centuries) and the others using just numbers or alike.
The problem is, of course, how to define what's a moon and a moonlet, and I suspect it's not so "easy" as was to name a planet.
03-04-2009  05:04:51

Excellent work again, CICLOPS!

Busy Moon
03-06-2009  08:13:33

You know, images as this one show you don't need to make a color one to impress us. The things gravity can do -even accounting for the small mass of Prometheus- are impressive.

Vanishing Pole
02-28-2009  14:59:51

Talking about future events, check out this:

Hope will be luck and we'll have more years of "Cassining"

Blue Eyed Storm
02-27-2009  08:19:29

Awesome image, perhaps the most beautiful (color) one of this year so far.
I really like the (actually, true) ominosity Saturn present on these kind of images Excellent work, CICLOPS!.

Maps of Titan - January 2009
02-16-2009  10:40:40

The best of this map is to compare it with other Titan maps released earlier and to see how is improving our knowledge of that world

Cornucopia of Color
02-14-2009  05:14:45

No matter we've seen stuff as this so many times before, they continue to be so captivating and beautiful as always. Thanks, CICLOPS, and keep them coming!

Titan's Changing Lakes
02-02-2009  06:49:37

This should have gone in first place: A fine job!. I tip my hat again to you for sharing with us these discoveries and making us to imagine places so both alien and familiar as Titan and join libbydaddy in the congratulations.
It will be interesting to see what happens with titanian weather during equinox and (i hope) solstice; we may have *surprises*. Keep up the good work!

It's Full of Moons!
02-02-2009  06:41:55

I love you sense of humor :)

Shadows on the Move
01-30-2009  10:38:18

Great image. The more the time passes, the more I'm sure the bluish color of Saturn's northen hemisphere is caused not only due to Rayleigh scattering, but also by chemistry going up there and that we'll see blues on Saturn's southern hemisphere after equinox. Only time will tell what happens.

Changes in Titan's Lakes
01-30-2009  10:31:38

It's a pity Cassini was not flying-by Titan when that storm was doing its job -it would be a really interesting and amazing view-. If during equinox storms become more frequent and also appear in the ecuatorial regions, as I suspect, perhaps Cassini will be lucky enough to catch one. And if that occurs during a flyby...well.

Slow Northern Reveal
01-30-2009  10:28:33

Agree with NeKto. Also, the hexagon will be something really worth to look at when the next solstice arrives. Hope Cassini will be still there and also everyone to see it.

A Star Shines Through
01-24-2009  09:41:35

Very interesting image, as it shows how the rings are not actually solid objects and that kind of occultations may be used to probe the internal structure of the ring system; it would be interesting to see the light curve.

Moons in a Row
01-14-2009  07:07:11

What I most like of this image as others are the amount of data you give about it (used filters, Cassini's position, etc). I encourage you to do the same with other pictures, since it's a worth read.

As a side note, 4th anniversary of the Huygens landing on Titan. How many memories brings me it.

Stormy Pole
01-09-2009  13:17:18

Amazing image. The subtle way bluish and salmon hues merge really is a gift fot the eyes.

Rebel Base In Range
01-02-2009  07:58:57

Guess the Rebels will have their base at Titan, so we'll see soon X-Wing and Y-wing fighters. :). Fantastic image as usual; it reminds me a similar image of 2005 in which appeared Enceladus over the rings.

Saturn ... Four Years On
12-31-2008  01:52:30

One more thing on color pics: the caption of this MESSENGER image is really worth to read:
12-30-2008  13:05:24

A SUPERB way to end the year with this nearly "Voyager Redux" image; one that makes a good comparison is:

Happy new year to both CICLOPS and the good people of Sector 6, and if you can take a look at Saturn with a telescope; its rings can be seen nearly edge-on.

A Full Sweep of Saturn's Rings
12-30-2008  12:56:11

As you say, it's really interesting to compare this image with, to see the differences between the light and dark side of the rings.

Saturn and Four Icy Moons in Natural Color
12-27-2008  11:28:42

Sorry, I forgot this: hope during Equinox you'll release a "Voyager Redux" of this image... but taken with Cassini's cameras. Beyond its beauty, it will be very interesting to compare the progress between Voyager's vidicons and Cassini's CCDs.
12-27-2008  11:21:53

A great classic. Until Cassini's arrival to Saturn, this was the most representative Saturn's image, and I'm quite sure to see this image when I was a child was the reason that made me to love astronomy.

The Greatest Jupiter Portrait
12-27-2008  11:19:54

This is THE picture of Jupiter. Even those classical Voyager images cannot compare to this one.

Many Faces of the C Ring
12-19-2008  05:16:29

It's really interesting to see how much play can give gravity. Not just creating the rings, but also modeling it with largue, heterogeneus distributions of mass and so.
As a side note, the Cassini website has a new face. Looks nice, but being so used to the "classical" site it's not difficult to get lost. Check out:

Enceladus' Shifting Terrain
12-19-2008  05:09:42

Awesome stuff, especially "A Tectonic Feast", and "Enceladus' Jets". If it wasn't for Titan, Enceladus would be the hottest place of the Saturnian system. It has nearly everything: a -really possible- subsurface ocean, geological activity, organic molecules in the many cool things in a world so small.

A Tectonic Feast
12-17-2008  05:43:00

Without doubt, one of the most striking images of the year. This one shows the wet dreams of a planetologist, with so many evidences of tectonism.

Starry Night
12-05-2008  10:12:05

Certainly amazing and captivating. This is one of these pictures to show to those who wonder why stars aren't visible on most space images; it would be interesting to know what exposure was needed to capture the stars.
Also, it's surprising how Cassini has managed to take that shot despite moving so fast; that's certainly a marksman' shot.

Ring Shapers
11-29-2008  11:35:08

Here's another cool example of perspective at work; Mimas' orbit has a very little inclination over Saturn's equator (and beyond the F-ring) but in this one that seems not to occur:

I really like those images taken with the NAC. No matter most of them are B-W; the way it toys with the perspective more than compensates that. Just remember those images of moon conjunctions taken roughly three years ago, when Caasini's orbit was quite close to Saturn's equator. Hope to see more of them!.
11-28-2008  10:40:44

Yet even another dramatic image from Cassini's NAC. It looks as Mimas and Prometheus were over the rings and at the same distance.

Enceladus Rev 91 Flyby - Skeet Shoot #8
11-28-2008  10:39:23

Sorry, I forgot this: one way to confirm that would be measurements of Enceladus' gravity field in order to look for a subsurface ocean as is been doing for Titan (flybys T11, T22, T33, T38, and T45).
11-28-2008  10:35:22

Also read the Scientific American article (the online version) and totally agree with NeKto.

Check out (if you haven't done it):

If it's confirmed, there's another target for astrobiology with level 1 priority.
11-08-2008  04:22:37

Simply put, SUPERB. This is my favourite skeet-shot of all those you've released.
It's a pity there's nothing in the bottom of the stripes -or at least within Cassini's resolution-; I expected to see there (most likely dark) vents that would be the source of the plumes. Thus, perhaps, those vents are very small and numerous -just a few meters-.
Anyway, great job!. Now to wait to see what reveals analysis of data collected by Cassini.

Over the Limb
11-25-2008  04:19:15

One of the very best Enceladus images ever released.

Besides the rugged terrain, what amazes me of that moon is the lack (or nearly so) of largue -say on the order of 25-50 kilometers- craters. Put together with the ridges, and we'll possibly get Enceladus' crust is relatively thin; I'm even sure that in the past some part of Enceladus' surface has been liquid. So many to wonder for a world so small; imagine (as well as other worlds such as Io or Titan) how would have enjoyed this stuff planetologists of the pre-space age era as G. Kuiper.
Check out the CHARM presentation about Enceladus (PDF file!) at: It's really worth.

Cassini's Galactic Aspirations
11-25-2008  04:10:09

One of the larguest star-forming complexes of our galaxy posing for Cassini. Who could have the DARK skies she has...and be able to see every point of the celestial sphere without virtually obstacles of any kind.

Expanse of Ice
11-25-2008  04:07:14

"Over the Rings and Far Away" :). It's really fun to compare this magical image with this other: and see how different look the ring system depending of where you're.

Saturn's View of Titan
11-18-2008  14:19:02

Great image. If Titanian rainfall comes in spring/fall showers as seems probable, I bet you'll and/or teams controlling VIMS, CIRS & RPWS (lightning) will find the clouds that cause it.

Features Distorted
11-12-2008  03:48:17

Certainly beautiful, as other alike images and with the bonus of being a color image. Keep up the good work.

Propeller Swarm
11-12-2008  03:47:09

Thanks for your input, Carolyn.
11-08-2008  04:11:09

Great image. I especially like the "grainy" texture of the image; unless it's noise from the CCD, it looks as if the rings were nearly to be resolved into the many boulders that form them.
During any of her orbits, will be Cassini so close to the rings that she will be able to resolve them using their cameras?

Watching for Clouds
11-01-2008  11:10:18

Finally a Titan image. If you allow me this comparison, it resembles me a game of roughly sixteen years ago named "Star Control II". There, you had to explore this sector of the galaxy including of course planets and moons. One of them was Titan and looked very similar to this image.

Enceladus "Rev 91" Flyby Raw Preview #1
11-01-2008  11:04:34

Weeeeell done!!. Although the image is a bit "corrupted", it's a really tantalizing one. Congratulations to CICLOPS as well -of course- to the Nav team for having made this possible despite it was challenging (read the T46 PDF to see the reasons in:

Enceladus Rev 91 Flyby
10-30-2008  08:07:20

100% with stowaway; while resolution will not be so high as the august flyby, the images surely will be,least to say, breathtaking. Have a good Enceladus flyby and a good Sahmain...and be prepared a Titan flyby just four days after.

Occulting Enceladus
10-29-2008  09:30:43

Great thanks to the way the NAC comprises the perspective. It resembles me a lot those images took three years ago of conjunctions between moons.

Saturn in Recline
10-25-2008  04:41:55

Even with the rings nearly seen edge-on, the image is really beautiful; it gives both serenity and majesty. Great stuff, as always.

Eyes on the Rings
10-20-2008  08:48:46

As a side note, it seems for me the now fading blue hues could be caused by chemical processes. Perhaps as temperature diminishes due to the shadow of the rings being projected over Saturn's northern hemisphere methane condensates as occurs in Uranus and Neptune thus taking the same blue can be seen in Neptune. As spring is closing and temperature rises again when the shadows of the rings recedes, methane condensates disappear and the classical salmon hues return to Saturn's northern hemisphere.
It's just an idea that surely has been suggested before, but just wanted to comment it.
10-17-2008  14:21:35

Amazing, as most color pics; Saturn starts to resemble the one imaged by Voyagers.

Saturn from Below
10-17-2008  14:20:29

Truly great: one of the best images to show Saturn's ominosity. Well done.

Convection in Saturn's Southern Vortex
10-14-2008  04:04:07

Sorry, I forgot this: see also the two VIMS views: and

The perfect regularity of the hexagon is truly breathtaking; it's certainly impressive how nature does not limit to curves when it has to create regular patterns.
10-14-2008  04:00:11

Least to say, amazing; I remember to have seen this image months ago on the raw images section of the website. It impressed me a lot, but this face-on view is even more impressive; looks as you were falling there. Good work.

Enceladus Oct. 9, 2008 Flyby - Posted Image #3
10-11-2008  11:55:17

I agree; truly impressive that canyon. It's not Tethys' Ithaca Chasma, but still it's awesome. How deep and largue is? (by the way, I would not be surprised if it's discovered it was in the past a plume source)

Many Colors, Many Moons
10-11-2008  04:14:38

As a side note, it's interesting to notice the subtle hues of Saturn's northern hemisphere; it's not just hot hues replacing cool ones from south to north, notice the pink band near the top of the image.
10-09-2008  14:21:40

"Worlds of the Cassini-Huygens Mission: Reigns of Gas and Ice".

Fantastic image as usual. Now to wait until tomorrow to see if everything has gone well with that hair-rising Enceladus flyby.

Focus on Enceladus
10-11-2008  04:10:38

Correct, that one :)
10-09-2008  03:33:34

Impressive. It remembers me those images took when Cassini was approaching to Dione roughly 3 years ago.

Enceladus Oct. 9, 2008 Flyby - Posted Image #1
10-10-2008  14:52:05

Excellent work!. Another great milestone for that mythical spacecraft that's Cassini. This day of nerves wondering if everything had gone well has been rewarded. Now, it's time to analyze those hot data coming from a world so cool.
Navigators, set a new course to Enceladus, so the CICLOPS team can practice skeet-shooting the last day of this month :)

Saturn's Active Atmosphere
10-09-2008  03:28:34

SUPERB. I especially like how the Hexagon breaks up smaller storms and the vortex below the center of the image.

Mimas Adrift
09-26-2008  08:15:59

Certainly, a beautiful encore-like image of this other:

Saturn by Ringshine
09-24-2008  08:55:26

An image, at least, calm and magical.
I like to compare it with this other beautiful view:

More Ring Arcs for Saturn
09-20-2008  03:56:45

Thanks for the input, Carolyn. It seems in order to see that tiny moons we'll have to wait until a mission is launched to Neptune -that for now seems to be nearly sci-fi -
09-19-2008  08:21:37

Ring arcs just as in Neptune. Perhaps neptunian ones have the same origin of these ones?

White Moon
09-19-2008  08:19:51

Thank you for this image. It's really curious how, as you comment above, the blue-green blues of false-color images disappear and the real-looking Enceladus looks nearly white and colorless; I believed it was the typical B-W image until I took a look at the caption and saw it's a true color one.

Tracking the Shepherd
09-16-2008  03:28:53

Another nice image of the "hyper warp" zone. You'd take one of Prometheus so near of Saturn's atmosphere that it appears warped; surely, it's worth to see.

Shadow Cap
09-16-2008  03:27:22

Least to say, striking; it looks as if Mimas was disguising of Iapetus.

Keep It Rolling
08-31-2008  10:07:49

Why cannot be probes equipped with videocameras?. (after all, the heart of a videocamera is a CCD). Perhaps because to transmit to Earth a video -instead of fixed images- would be time consuming, since a video "weighs" more than an image?
08-29-2008  14:00:08

To rulesfor: Here's what one gets when combining images taken with other filters. They're both familiar and alien:
08-28-2008  11:59:07

Keep them coming; images as this make our day. Thanks again for this superb stuff.

Neon Saturn
08-29-2008  13:57:31

It's really fun to compare this VIMS-made image with the CICLOPS one, and hard to decide which is more beautiful.

Feeling Gravity's Pull
08-28-2008  12:07:44

This is one of the most dramatic images you've ever released. The way Prometheus' gravity warps the F-ring and the perspective is really impressive. Good work!

Out of Darkness
08-25-2008  09:33:29

You couldn't say it better. A graceful and colourful curve around Saturn.

Lastly, most -if not all ring images- have shown its dark side; it would be interesting to see a recent one of the illuminated side of the rings.

Targeting the Jet Sources
08-23-2008  14:29:35

Thanks for letting me know. And I totally agree with NeKto; it's really a pleasure to read your comments. Space explorations needs more people with your skills, so people would see how the universe has so many and exciting things worth to study and discover and it does not stop in just a big picture.
08-22-2008  14:39:12

One question about the Roche limit: imagine a body that is still forming and when that's not finished yet one forms close to it, so when the main body has ceased to grow, the second one is within Roche's limit. Could survive that body?
08-15-2008  14:52:22

Good work!. Finally we know where erupt those geysers. No doubt it will be interesting to know the origin of that boulders.

The most amazing thing of the flyby besides of the images and the results is how a ship that is so far that her transmissions need more than a hour to reach Earth has been able to do that thing. Sometimes, it's hard to believe that's real and not just sci-fi (Still wondering why I call Cassini the "Supreme Explorer"? :).

A question: you gave us a terrestrial example of the difficult maneuvers Cassini had to achieve. Could an archer or a shooter to do something similar or it's something really epic?. Sorry if the question is weird, but I'm curious about it.

To Graupma: what's the problem on naming geographical accidents on another worlds (not only Enceladus, but also -I think- Titan) by something that just SOUNDS as Muslim, when as emmy has stated are names of cities that existed BEFORE Islam?.
I recognize I'm from outside the US and my POVs are quite different of the US ones, but come on... don't merge that stuff with science.

Angles in the Atmosphere
08-19-2008  14:14:28

Thanks for letting me know. No doubt that north polar vortex will be something worth to see.
I was thinking that because the in south pole region, there's no hexagon. Perhaps an alike structure could form there when winter arrives to the southern hemisphere (and vice-versa), but for that we'll have to wait a few years.
08-19-2008  04:31:12

Excellent. Check out also

I wonder what will happen to the hexagon when summer returns to Saturn's northern hemisphere. Perhaps it will disappear and/or a largue hurricane as that of Saturn's south pole will appear there. Just hope Cassini will see it.

Limb Scan
08-17-2008  05:34:37

Superb. It's fun to compare it with

Great Southern Land
08-17-2008  05:32:19

The images by itself are nothing less than astounding as stated. The mosaic is nothing less than impressive.
Just imagine what views could have a rover sent there, to the stripes; so many cool -in both senses- places to visit and so little money on space investigation. It's a pity.

Scattered Sunshine
08-13-2008  09:46:15

Fantastic image. Although we've seen many of this type, they continue to be really worth to see.

Enceladus Rev 80 Flyby Skeet Shoot #1
08-13-2008  09:33:37

Excellent work!. I was sure Cassini would do it again. The raw images are least to say astounding -even more than those of the last flyby, in march-, with that impressive resolution and that terrain that seems to be out of place -especially this one that seems to have been taken near the terminator.- The "skeet shot" technic has worked beautifully...and surely we've not seen all the images.

The more the mission progresses, the more I love it. And the best will come in october, flying by Enceladus at just *25* kilometers. Sometimes, I feel as I was living a sci-fi movie instead of a space mission...

Tethys: Leading Hemisphere
07-15-2008  10:23:36

Great image, perhaps one of the best Tethys images you've released; I like her Mimas/eye/Death Star look.

Streaming Away
07-01-2008  09:37:03

Superb and somewhat irreal due to NAC effects; the streamer rather than that looks as the ring's edge.

Chasing Away the Blues
06-30-2008  08:25:28

Undoubtely, beautiful. The best is to compare it with pictures of 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004 to see how have been changing the blues.
I wonder how would have looked Saturn's northern hemisphere during 2002, when rings were at its maximum.

Perspective on Saturn
06-28-2008  05:28:23

Amazingly beautiful, naturally. Waiting to see soon a Saturn seen from above with the rings spreaded as a giant halo around the planet

Rev 73
06-28-2008  05:26:37

Interesting stuff. Do you know if someone has made a plugin for Celestia with Cassini's orbits during Equinox Mission?.

Saturn ... Four Years Later
06-28-2008  05:23:27

Four years... and it seems it was yesterday when we were awaiting with excitation for the success of the S.O.I and wondering what Cassini would discover at Saturn.
I send you my most sincere congratulations for the excellent work you've done these years, making those exciting discoveries -and best of all, sharing them with us- and I thank you for posting everyday from monday to friday with nearly swiss punctuality an usually amazing -as it's the case- image, making our day.
My best wishes for the Equinox Mission. May the odyssey of the "Supreme Explorer" last many more years.

Stellar Horizon
06-19-2008  07:44:06

The Alpha Centauri system needs a telescope to be resolved, so there's no doubts about the high resolution of Cassini's NAC. Truly dramatic image as other NAC shots.

Icy Oasis
06-15-2008  05:20:42

Just one more question: in a true color image, what color would have the tiger stripes? (ie: would appear bluish?)
06-13-2008  07:07:42

Small, but still beautiful

Raging Planet
06-06-2008  07:41:22

Great picture as others of its class. Waiting to see Titan's shadow transiting over Saturn's disk!

A Capital Storm
05-30-2008  07:50:49

Quite beautiful; it looks at lot as a pocket version of Jupiter's GRS

Map of Dione - May 2008
05-21-2008  10:30:03

Nice stuff while waiting for the Iapetus maps

Revealing Saturn's Colors
05-21-2008  10:27:39

Truly fantastic. Images as this one are the stuff that make our day.

Hissing Storm
05-16-2008  03:45:01

If I'm not wrong in the 30's of the past century, a white spot was seen in Saturn. That spot increased until it enveloped the entire planet before disappearing. I'm not sure if it was a storm or a huge helium bubble that appeared from the deepness of Saturn; anyway, imagine if that happened again and Cassini was there to imaging it.
04-30-2008  02:23:06

Great stuff. It seems the famous "Dragon Storm" has returned.

05-16-2008  03:42:50

"World of Ringcraft" :). Nice image as usual.

Saturn's Watch Spiral
05-09-2008  07:21:46

Thanks; i was suspecting the difference was precissely the great difference in the mass distribution between a galaxy and Saturn's ring system.
Anyway, it's beautiful to see similar physical processes working at scales so different as planetary ones and galactic ones.
05-06-2008  03:23:42

Just one question: are those "spiral waves" the same that are responsable for shaping spiral galaxies?
05-05-2008  07:07:12

The patterns nature can create are nothing less than breathtaking and this image shows it quite well.

Coming to Light
04-17-2008  06:50:32

:). You'll never guess where i got that of "Supreme Explorer" from. Keep up the good work!
04-16-2008  03:26:32

CONFIRMED: NASA has approved Cassini's extended mission (
At least two more years of science and odyssey at Saturn if everything goes well.
02-29-2008  07:25:13

Remember some mass media just want sensationalism. If -just as an example- Cassini during a Titan flyby found there geological structures that look like runways, surely they would say "Cassini finds titanian runways", not just natural structures that look as that. Also, (very) little damage could do Cassini to something so huge as Saturn (think on what we've done to our planet and it's still around...for now).

About the extended mission, I believed it had been approved -you can even see what is in store for her here:, although, yes, it's stated there the official approval is pending-.

I hope that there'll be that approval, and luckily will be still many years of Cassini mission: that magnificent spacecraft that's undoubtely and at least for now the "Supreme Explorer", certainly deserves it.
02-08-2008  02:40:22

I agree with bruno.thiery .Great image, perhaps the most beautiful of the ones you've posted during this year.
Also, nice comment the one of 3488; Let's hope that Cassini will be still around for that epoch -after all, Galileo survived during eight years in the hellish Jovian environment-.

High-phase Rings
04-16-2008  03:30:09


Over the Top
04-10-2008  08:17:11

"Over The Top". Isn't that a song from the heavy metal band Motörhead? :)

Fantastic image. I hope you'll enjoy creating them as we seeing them.

Following the Clouds
04-05-2008  05:11:52

Awesome, as usual, and really worth of a sci-fi movie.

Twilight Realm
04-05-2008  05:11:07

Fantastic image; it's really beautiful the display of shadows that can be seen on the image.
Just imagine how beautiful would be see one image alike, but with Titan's shadow, i wonder if Titan's purplish outer atmosphere could be seen projected on Saturn's surface as a ring around the planet.

Enceladus Plume Neutral Mass Spectrum
03-27-2008  04:40:48

A fine job!. If just we had the CDA data...

Grandeur of the Rings
03-25-2008  07:29:50

Nothing less than tantalizing; it seems to have been cropped of
I can't wait for the summer when Cassini, according to the mission webpage will be at its highest inclination; just imagine how beautiful would be one "On the Final Frontier", but from that viewpoint -even a simulated Celestia view can't hold against a CICLOPS image-

The North Polar Region of Enceladus
03-25-2008  03:46:46

It's a possibility. Anyway, both Enceladus and Dione seems to lack the "sulcus" present on Ganymede, so things have worked different there.

I guess if something was active in Titan, it would have been detected by the VIMS team and perhaps the CIRS team, and so far, it seems no "hot spots" have been detected on Titan.
One interesting possibility would be that Titanian cryovolcanism works "on impulses"; today is inactive or at least mostly so, but in other epochs is at work.
03-21-2008  08:53:33

High quality comment, Carolyn. So, instead of cryovolcanism we have "cryotectonics" (at least Titan seems to have cryovolcanism or at least hints of it, according to SAR imaging).

And, talking about Titan, really impressive the release about its subsurface ocean. I guess that GSEs that were done during T11, T22, T33, and T38 should confirm its existence, since SAR was the instrument used to detect it.

03-14-2008  02:43:40

You did it again. I tip my hat to all the people involved in this epic mission. The raw images are really fantastic -as well as this mosaic, of course-. This has been nearly so exciting as the Iapetus flyby (and not more, just because I had other things to worry about).
You know, the Cassini-Huygens mission is more than just a space mission; as well as the Voyager mission, it's a legend, the history of two intrepid explorers whose odyssey will live forever in the history of space exploration.

Excellent work!. Now, it's time to analyze all the data and see what surprises has Enceladus in store for us.

Seeing the C Ring
03-25-2008  03:32:46

Another fine example of compressed perspective courtesy of Cassini's NAC.

Moons on the Move
03-25-2008  03:31:37

Truly beautiful image as usual, and a great complement to

A Stressed Surface
03-19-2008  08:22:10

I agree with 3488. A quite nice image of Dione.

(PS: R.I.P. A.C.Clarke, and thank you for writing that superb novel that is "2001" as well as "Rendezvous with Rama". May everywhere you're now you can continue following the discoveries coming from the Saturnian system)

Rings Aglow
03-18-2008  09:03:59

So beautiful as magical. Thanks again for creating and sharing images as this one.

Titan Approaches Saturn
03-14-2008  06:45:12

A really fine way to end this exciting week. I really like how the NAC comprises the perspective and makes Titan to appear as it was just about to touch Saturn. Thanks again for this great stuff.

Close Brush with Enceladus
03-12-2008  08:50:30

A note: Cassini's closest approach will be far of the "tiger stripes". Cassini will pass through the plume at a height of roughly 600 kilometers, so no doubt Carolyn is right -I believed she would be at 50 kilometers of the tiger stripes-.
Also notice, by the way, that the height of the flyby has been revised; I remember to have seen last years the original idea was a height of around 25 kilometers.
By the way, it's really impressive the precision needed to guide a spacecraft that moves so fast at a distance so close to a target. Even though Sir Isaac Newton does most of the job, the Nav team deserves also A LOT of credit.

I guess raw images should be available tomorrow. No doubt they'll be worth to see.
03-06-2008  09:29:00

Are you sure Cassini will not be hit by particles enough largue to damage her?. With the largue relative speed Cassini will have relative to Enceladus, a hit may be problematic (50 kilometers...with that speed, that distance is transversed in just a bit more than three seconds).
Anyway, good luck with that flyby; without doubt, it's one of the most exciting Cassini highlights for this year as well as the next flybys -if everything goes well and they take place-.

(PS: for curious, my nick of "Red Dragon" has nothing to see with Hannibal Lecter's movie :)

Titan Slips Away
03-12-2008  08:45:19

Again, another really beautiful image. Again, bravo for CICLOPS. Keep up the good work; great images as this one make our day.

Shadowy Veil
03-12-2008  08:43:39

I'm also sure of that. During at least part of the extended mission, no doubt Saturn images will be truly "Voyager Redux", looking it as during the Voyager flybys. It will be interesting to compare Cassini images of that future epoch with Voyager ones to see how the imaging systems have been improving with the years, from the Voyager' vidicons to Cassini's CCDs. So let's hope everything works fine up there with our "Supreme Explorer", as until now.
03-11-2008  03:32:30

Really beautiful pic. It's fun to compare it with and to see how the nothern blues are slowly being replaced with salmon hues.

Collapsed Rings
02-29-2008  07:44:45

This is perhaps one of the best images to see how the NAC comprises the perspective and makes the rings to appear with a "height" similar in size to Mimas.

Background Planet
02-29-2008  07:43:30

Superb stuff, thanks again to the perspective given to the NAC.

The Rays of Rhea
02-29-2008  07:40:53

Interesting the abstract you comment. I say it, because it seems there was diferentiation in Enceladus, or at least I've that impression seeing some renderings of the internal structure or that moon.

It's a pity we've so few data about the uranian moons, but it seems quite possible that having more dense (rocky) materials, more radiactive elements are present, thus there will be more internal heat and so more geological activity (ask Miranda; I'm skeptical about the theory of a "stitched moon" after being destroyed due to an impact).
Perhaps other possibility for the past geological activity of the uranian moons was the event that made Uranus to have its rotation axis so inclined -probably a HUGE impact-... but I can't see how that could affect the moons. It's unlikely for me that it could affect their orbits -in the sense of giving them a higher eccentricity, different distances, etc- and the rearrangement of those orbits to the uranian equator I think would be something that would be occurring relatively slowly and not from one day to other.

Anyway, it's really interesting to see how even within the same satellite system there're worlds so different as Rhea and Enceladus (and nothing to say about Io and Callisto in Jupiter). There's still much to see in the Solar System and I still think I'll see spacecrafts orbiting all planets of the Solar System (currently, the unique planets that lack of that are Mercury -until MESSENGER arrival at 2011-, Uranus, and Neptune).
02-25-2008  07:17:31

Yes, it's a possibility. But note also that Rhea's distance to Saturn may have something to see with the apparent lack of geological activity. Titan is at roughly 750'000 kilometers of her and Dione at 150'000 kilometes; she's not so "tightly packed" as inner moons.

Or perhaps Rhea was very active after her formation, but *heavy* bombardment destroyed the geological features she could had... who knows.
02-21-2008  03:36:36

it's curious how, even considerating the difference of composition of the bedrock -ice or rock-, the effect of rays and the excavation of fresh, brighter material occurs in worlds so different as Rhea, Mercury, or our Moon.

Epimetheus In the Way
02-21-2008  03:32:17

As with other similar images, the best is the way the NAC comprises perspective and makes Epimetheus to appear "glued" to the ring in a so dramatic way.

A World of Questions
02-08-2008  06:33:50

Great image as usual. However, Titan's Halo ( is, without doubt, the most beautiful Titan color picture.

Probing the North
02-08-2008  02:45:03

Great image. It's quite interesting to compare it with

Field of Moons
01-28-2008  13:56:41

Fantastic image, as usual. May we have much more years of great pictures from Saturn as this one, thanks to that legendary explorer called Cassini and all the people behind it.

Rebounded Craters
01-25-2008  15:52:13

Fantastic image. That huge southern basin is interesting; it seems to have a size similar to Odyseeus in Tethys, yet is not "sank" on the moon as that and it SEEMS to have an inner ring of mountains.

Epimetheus Revealed
01-25-2008  15:50:34

Yes, it may be so; I think now I can see the crater. It's a luck for Epimetheus to be a porous, low-density body: if it was solid, surely it would have been destroyed.
01-14-2008  07:01:06

A very interesting image. Is the border of the crater you mention those "mountains" that can be seen in the center?

Pan in View
01-24-2008  07:07:59

Nice image, as earlier ones that featured other moonlets near Saturn's limb and the warping caused on the rings by Saturn's atmosphere. It would be interesting to see something alike, but with a largue moon -Mimas, Enceladus...- near of the planet's limb; surely, the apparent warping of the moon would be spectacular.

Fountains of Enceladus
01-23-2008  02:08:52

Last Sunday, I saw a doc on National Geographic about possible places on the Solar System to look for possible lifeforms. One of these places was (is) Enceladus with its impressive geysers and the scientist who appeared talking about them was -of course- Carolyn. Her comments about that moon and those fountains -I'm eargerly waiting for the march flyby- were quite interesting...and was also fun to recognize CICLOPS images on the computer screens that appeared in the background -one of them the false color image of above-.
No doubt she's the "Lady of Saturn" and the CICLOPS team the "Gentlemen of Saturn".

Diagnostic Darkness
01-22-2008  06:39:26

Fantastic image, as usual.

Peering Through the Plane
01-22-2008  06:38:50

Really beautiful. Compare it with "A-Ring Odyssey" ( and with "Diagnostic Darkness" (

Flying Over Mimas
01-21-2008  02:32:33

Really cool!. It's impossible to see the video and not to remember Luke's flight over the DS

Contrast Across the Shadows
01-19-2008  05:14:14

Superb. If it had been released earlier, surely would have been one of the winners of the contest.

Seeing High in the Sky
01-19-2008  05:12:55


Rev 55
01-14-2008  07:10:36

I bet what Cassini will discover in 2008 will be certainly fascinating as was what was seen in former years. Especially promising are that CLOSE Enceladus flyby in March as well as -undoubtely- the program for Cassini's extended mission. Good luck!.

Contest Poster Winners
01-14-2008  07:05:49

Congratulations to all the winners. Fortunately for those of us that haven't won, we'll always have those superb images taken by Cassini.

Through the Blinds
01-14-2008  07:02:40

Really fascinating.

In Saturn's Shadow - the Pale Blue Dot
01-05-2008  06:03:46

If you let me, I'll make another comment on that image now she's the winner of the contest. "On the Final Frontier" gives a feeling not only of beauty, but also of power. Especially when one knows how largue is Saturn.
This one is full of magic and mistery -especially this- for obvious reasons; nobody could have imagined something so beautiful, magical, and misterious as "In Saturn's Shadow".
12-30-2006  03:24:00

Simply put,magnificent.If i had to choose two images that represented the Cassini-Huygens mission,one would be this one (the other,the view of Titan's surface obtained by Huygens).

A Wisp of Smoke
01-04-2008  12:03:19

Smoke on the rings and ice in the sky :)

Cute image as usual, especially thanks to the perspective given by the NAC. Happy 2008 for CICLOPS and all the CICLOPS Alliance!

The Painted Globe
12-27-2007  02:46:52

Superb image, of course. It's fun to compare this one with these two to see how're changing those blues for a ringed world:

Moon Patrol
12-27-2007  02:31:28

Fantastic image, as usual. Epimetheus, by the way, is HARD to find; I've found just its shadow.

Obscure Moon
12-21-2007  07:57:55

I really like the alien -and, especially, dark- look Saturn has through the methane filter. Curious, by the way, how both hemispheres look so similar in aspect, unlike the true color images.

Key Players
12-21-2007  07:47:22

It's fun to compare this cool image with these two others: "Spellbinding Saturn" ( and "Cold Kingdom" (

Sliding Shadows
12-14-2007  07:46:12

Another beautiful work from the nice CICLOPS team. Bravo!

True Colors
12-08-2007  12:39:00

Superb. The best of the image is the nice contrast between gold, brown, and black of the rings. Bravo again for CICLOPS.

Dusky Saturn
12-01-2007  05:15:12

Breathtaking. And if the WAC had captured the entire Saturn's crescent it would have been even more beautiful. With images as this, I can understand what i feel when i see Saturn through a telescope.

Titan Makes Contact
12-01-2007  05:11:18

Superb. I can't wait for the equinox observations during extended mission; if Titan transits across Saturn's disk seen from HST ( are impressive, the view from Saturn's orbit surely will be breathaking. May we see it.

Solar System in Miniature
12-01-2007  05:03:12

100% agree with Rich777. Great image, more than worthwile of a good sci-fi movie. You'd make more of these, where Saturn appear accompanied of its moons.

Shadowing Saturn
12-01-2007  05:00:11

Very nice image as usual. Until recently, when i rode the entire image caption, I believed the penumbral shadow of Iapetus was a a storm system. I guess I'll have to read captions entirely...

The View from Iapetus
10-28-2007  08:54:53

"Worlds of the Cassini-Huygens Mission: Beyond the Realm of Jupiter".
Great image, as usual. If you see it zoomed out, it looks like the telescopic aspect Saturn offers now -except for the disklike Titan, of course-.

On the Final Frontier
10-16-2007  01:33:10

Fantastic, amazing, epic... no words can describe the unearthly beauty of this image. Thank you very much for creating this magnificent picture that rivals with "In Saturn's Shadow" and those magnificent vistas you took when Cassini was approaching to Saturn.

Titan's Hazes
10-09-2007  01:12:50

It's fun the look Titan has on that image; it looks as a drop.

Parade of Moons
10-09-2007  01:11:29

Amazing, as many other NAC shots, how Tethys and Rhea seem to be estacked together.

The Other Side of Iapetus
10-09-2007  01:08:08

Whew! That's NO space station...

Approaching Iapetus
10-09-2007  01:05:54

Truly fantastic and alien. Images that show something (Saturn or whatever) in a crescent phase are my favourites and this one is not and exception. I tip my hat to you: another great picture from CICLOPS.

Tethys Walks the Line
09-18-2007  09:10:49

The title cannot be more right; it looks as if Tethys was rolling over the rings. Another nice work from CICLOPS.

Inclined Dione
09-18-2007  09:08:10

Superb. I love the way the NAC comprises the perspective and makes Dione to appear as she was JUST above the rings, making the image to look so dramatic.

Window into Worlds
09-15-2007  04:00:07

Fascinating. I cannot agree more with Carolyn when she comments on the Cassini website about her favourite images. Also, check this other:

Spellbinding Saturn
09-15-2007  03:52:18

Fantastic, more than worthwile of a good sci-fi movie.

The 'Voyager' Mountains
09-15-2007  03:51:23

Let's hope the IAU when naming those new features discovered there makes that name official; it would be a good homage for these two mythical explorers (if there's a "Vallis Marineris" in Mars that -if i don't remember wrong- was named after the Mariner spacecraft why couldn't be a "Voyager mountains"?

Iapetus Rev 49 Flyby
09-15-2007  03:47:36

Great job what you've done with this flyby, not only CICLOPS but also the entire Cassini mission team. It has had everything: fantastic images, a new, fascinating world, a wealth of scientific data, the visit on the mission website of A. C. Clarke, and even some dramatism "thanks" to that cosmic ray hit. Fantastic and without doubt one of the most exciting highlights of the entire mission.

A Diverse Family
08-13-2007  14:01:27

Yet another of these "Kodak Moments". Bravo for all the good people at CICLOPS.

Surging Across the Rings
08-07-2007  10:41:29

Great picture for the ominous aspect Saturn presents, being unable to enter into the field of the WAC; another nice work by CICLOPS.

Sixty for Saturn
07-25-2007  08:54:33

"I bet Carolyn won't be happy until there are 64 of them"

Me too :)

By the way, the larguest moons of Saturn would give perhaps even more spectacular views than Saturn itself. I'll have to modify the Celestia's solar system file to enter the new moon's parameters to see the results, but imagine how would look their conjunctions, close approachs, etc. between them as they're so near one of the other.

Nightside Vista
07-16-2007  03:57:55

If that beauty is not one of those "Kodak moments" mentioned on this event report (, certainly deserves it.

A-Ring Odyssey
07-04-2007  07:32:26

Dramatic and fascinating as many other images of that kind taken by the NAC. By the way,BRAVO for these new year of those stunning images and discoveries sent from Saturn and my best wishes for this new year of odyssey orbiting Ringworld.

Depth Sounding
06-29-2007  06:37:55

Awesome. This great image shows how even B/W images may be unearthly beautiful.

On the Bright Side
05-29-2007  07:12:21

If you didn't say it's a color view of Iapetus, it could de taken as an image of Titan taken with IR filters.
Quite interesting image; let's see what Cassini sees in Iapetus during the 10th September flyby. I haven't lost hope of finding there the Clarke's "stargate"

Nature's Canvas
05-27-2007  06:23:32

During some time, this was my favourite image and I still love it. Great work!

Prometheus Makes Contact
05-27-2007  06:15:11

Without doubt, images taken with the NAC are the most dramatic ones for the perspective its largue focal lenght gives ("Mimas blues" is another excellent example). Nice work, as usual.

05-27-2007  06:14:45


Rev 45
05-27-2007  06:09:35

I'm a Celestia addict and agree with DEChengst. Good luck!

Blue Expanse
05-17-2007  07:51:47

Yet even more views of an alien world who looks like Saturn. Are you sure it was Cassini the probe that took the image? :)

Candy Stripes
05-14-2007  08:14:42

Another image so psychedelic as interesting and nice. Bravo!

At A Tilt
05-09-2007  01:47:58

One unique word to describe this image: fantastic. I'll never be able to thank you for the enjoyment I've when seeing images like this one; Saturn will never be the same.

Clouds like Sandstone
05-07-2007  07:56:03

Very psychedelic and very interesting; if you didn't say it was taken by Cassini at Saturn, it could be taken as a image of Jupiter. Again, many thanks for these stunning images.

My Blue Heaven
05-05-2007  04:06:16

I really like that subtle bluis hues; again,you show that you are very good at enchanting all those of us who love space.

Casting a Shadow
05-01-2007  10:53:19

That peaceful red dragon who prefers knowledge to material treasures has left its lair and it's again here. A very interesting image, specially when one compares it with images like this one, taken by Galileo:
and see the similarities between the geological activity of both moons, even considerating the difference in materials: sodium at Io and icy particles at Enceladus.

Looking Up
04-30-2007  09:00:27

Cassini images come into three types: the beautiful ones, the epic ones, and the interesting ones. This is of the two first types: beautiful and epic.

04-30-2007  08:55:18

You know, you don't need color to make an image impressive. This one may be B/W, but still it's quite beautiful.

Enceladus Raw Preview
04-30-2007  08:43:50

Very interesting image as well as the comment of carolyn about Enceladus' source of activity. By the way, look closely at the moon's night side and see how some surface details can be seen there.

Classic Appeal
04-10-2007  08:43:13

I cannot agree more with this statement "The overall effect is stirring". It may not be one of these stunning color images, but I've enjoyed it more than other color images.

Unfocused F Ring
04-03-2007  03:59:56

While these images are not so stunning as other views of Saturn, they're still very interesting to see as they show how the ring system is "live" and changes and evolves with time. I've seen estimations about the lifetime of the ring system and, certainly, we've been fortunated to live on an epoch of the history of the solar system where we can see something so majestic as Saturn's rings.

Circumpolar Bands
03-31-2007  13:58:45

Very interesting. The high haze of Titan's atmosphere and the northern titanian clouds. Let's see what Cassini finds there during T28. Good luck!

Ghostly Fingers of Enceladus
03-29-2007  08:57:10

Just one note:all images taken by space probes -not only Cassini,but also Voyager and Galileo- are taken in B&W.Images taken with different filters -usually,red,green,and blue- are combined to get the color images we know.
Remember Cassini is not at Saturn on a touristic trip:its mission is to gather scientific data of the Saturnian system. Color images are at least beautiful,but the science information is contained on those unprocessed raw images that we can see on Cassini's web site.
Also,obtaining a color image is not so simple as combining raw images (I know that for experience).Calculations must be made to avoid to see one moon of different color in those images where one sees a moon moving between images and the images itself must be processed. It's something hard,but it makes color images even more enjoyable

Land of Lakes?
03-29-2007  08:49:50

Yes,I know that.I'm refering to this one (if you let me post a link to Cassini's web site):
03-29-2007  07:37:53

It's a pity half of the data taken during the T7 flyby, which was to study that region had been lost. Let's hope that there will be more luck during the flyby that Cassini will conduct at the end of this year and we can see what lies there.
I'm still intriged by that RADAR image that shows a possible shoreline near Titan's south pole.

03-29-2007  07:40:13

Very epic. Talking about shadows: I hope that Cassini will still be around during 2010. During that epoch, Saturn's ring will be seen edge-on from Earth,thus we'll be able to see how the shadows of the moons transit over the planet (the HST captured that during 1995).It would be nice to see that from Saturn's orbit,not from Earth's orbit.

Orb of Ice
03-29-2007  07:28:46

Awesome. And still I want more :)

Hello Again, Jupiter!
03-19-2007  07:16:33

Looks quite interesting. Did you take images of Saturn from Jupiter's orbit?. According to Celestia, Saturn seen from Jupiter is a quite pleasant view.

Seeing the Storm
03-09-2007  06:55:26

Not so beautiful as "The Lore of Saturn",but still quite epic. Just one question: I remember that,during february of 2005 and 2006, Cassini spotted a storm in the southern hemisphere of Saturn (the "Dragon Storm").Has appeared this year?

Tourniquet Shadows
03-02-2007  01:30:15

Quite nice, especially how the shadow of the rings is the frontier between the nice blue of the northern hemisphere and the delicate colors of the southern hemisphere.
I wonder what eyes will be the first ones on seeing views like that,but lively and not through the cameras of a robotic probe.

Symmetry in Shadow
03-02-2007  01:19:40

Magnificent. Again, a view worthwile of the best sci-fi made real. Thank you very much for these stunning views.

The Lore of Saturn
03-02-2007  01:14:38

A truly epic view. Really.

Giant Lake on Titan
03-01-2007  07:11:39

A nice target for Cassini's RADAR, assuming it has not surveyed the zone yet.
03-01-2007  07:11:28

A nice target for Cassini's RADAR, assuming it has not surveyed the zone.

Bands of Titan
02-25-2007  05:37:38

Very interesting and nice picture.I wonder if the effect seen on Titan's atmosphere will be related to that huge cloud system detected by the VIMS on Titan's north pole.

The Color of Darkness
02-25-2007  05:35:27

"The Night of the Million Moons" is as I call this one.
Another pleasant view from Saturn by Cassini. Need to say more? :)

Greetings from Saturn
02-25-2007  05:31:08

I forgot to see this one.A very nice Christmas present,although this comment is sent on late february.

Ringworld Waiting
02-25-2007  05:29:46

You know,this epic image is truly a classic of the Cassini mission.

Icy Crescent
02-23-2007  07:44:32

I agree with the latter comment. Dramatic and epic; I like the "texture" of Dione. It looks as it was made of ice (what actually is) instead of rock.

The Banded North
02-23-2007  07:38:15

Very beautiful. Perhaps not so as other similar picture where Enceladus and Titan pose together, but still a delightful view.

Tempest-Tossed Saturn
02-23-2007  07:36:14

Magnificent -i admit it resembles me Jupiter-.It's a pity, however, the great vortex of Saturn's south pole was outside of the WAC's field of view.

The Inner Rings
02-19-2007  07:09:20

I agree.Great picture,especially with the aspect of the rings;they look as if they had been drawn with a compass.

The Face of Beauty
01-24-2007  08:00:01

Another of my favourites. I agree with you: that's the face of the beauty.
Talking about the bluish color of the winter hemisphere,no doubt it will be interesting to see how disappears as Saturn's rings inclination decreases and spring comes to the planet's northern hemisphere.I just wonder if it will fade slowly (what I think), or if it will fade relatively fast.

Rhea Transits Saturn
01-24-2007  07:56:03

Impressive, of course.

01-24-2007  07:54:59

Very,very beautiful.It's a pity the WAC hadn't enough field of view to capture the entire ring system:if so,the image would be even more beautiful.

Saturnian Psychedelia
01-20-2007  14:11:50

Exatly,pure psichedelia.I'd like to suggest you to add more of that kind of images obtained combining raw images with filters different of the classical red,green,and blue;they look quite interesting (and,of course,so beautiful as the RGB ones).

A Tale of Two Moons
01-20-2007  14:06:22

The two most interesting moons of Saturn pose together with pride.What I like of the image is how the NAC comprises the perspective making the two moons to look as if they were nearly touching;I have a 500mm telephoto and I've seen similar effects on pictures taken with it.

Beneath Titan's Veil
01-20-2007  13:50:02

01-19-2007  02:43:11

Quite interesting.What I'd like to know,however,it's the level of illumination on Titan's surface;I've seen that Titan receives "only 1% of the sunlight",but I have unclear if that 1% refers to the sunlight received to the Saturnian system compared to what's received on Earth or if that 1% it's a "1% of that 1%" (in other words,Titan's surface receives only 1/10000th of illumination Earth receives)

Hazy Days on Titan
01-19-2007  02:35:53

It's beautiful,yes,but it's even more beautiful when one knows what world hides behind that orangy murk.

Fantastic Planet
01-19-2007  02:34:15

Another of my favourites;some of the most interesting "Worlds of the Cassini-Huygens mission" pose pridely there.Thank you for sharing with all those of us who love astronomy epic images like this one.

Titan's Halo
01-19-2007  02:28:51

Crescent images are the ones I enjoy most and this one is one of my greatest favourites,perhaps my favourite one of all taken of Titan;I call it "Grace of Titan"

Peeking at Saturn
01-19-2007  02:25:33

Or as I like to call it "The Best of Both Worlds".It resembles me a picture taken during a flyby on march 2005 where appears the nothern hemisphere of Saturn over Titan.

Death Star at Saturn
01-19-2007  02:20:18

With three Death Star-like moons in orbit around Saturn (Mimas,Tethys,and Iapetus),be careful or you'll receive the visit of a guy dressed with black ropes,asmatic problems,and a sword of light :)

Brightside in View
01-19-2007  02:18:03

I agree,Iapetus is one of the most interesting moons of Saturn (and Cassini has in store one Iapetus flyby this year).

The Golden Giant
12-30-2006  03:41:54

I must admit those pictures of a crescent Saturn are my favourite ones. Whitout doubt, this one is one of the best, more than worthwile of a good sci-fi history.

Shadow and Shade
12-30-2006  03:32:53

One of my greatest favorites. Just one question: isn't the upper part of the rings bent?.