Ahh, So I read an answer elsewhere about the 'stars' in the shadow -- From what I gather, cosmic ray hits to the CCD and/or shiny bits of the F-ring.
OK, so I have to ask.. In the APOD image, it looked like there were 'stars' in the shadow of Prometheus. What is the explanation for the bright specs? Ring particles in the foreground? Pixels on their way out in the camera?
I'm betting the hexagon is basically a standing wave. I wonder if this is a feature of Saturn's atmosphere or gas giant atmosphere's in general, or does it have something to do with the acoustics of Saturn's atmosphere in particular.
Absolutely amazing. Is there any explanation as to why both vertical and horizontal displacement is occurring in the waves? If the moon was travelling through air, you could almost call it wing-tip vortexes.
The movie was great! Although I'm still nostalgic over many (not all) of the Star Trek films, this one beats them all. Great character story and brilliant special effects. I'm assuming 'red matter' is sort of a 24th century 'dark matter'. Parts of the story were a little choppy for me. The treatment of the ice world, 'Delta Vega', was a bit awkward. It's stunning view of Vulcan would've required that it be a moon of said same. Given that Vulcan is supposed to be a hot, dry world, this seems unlikely. Given the name 'Delta Vega', this seems unlikely too.