CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Sector 6

Saturn 'Rev 175' Raw Preview #1
12-02-2012  11:32:18

This is such cold beauty.
Such beauty.
Only clouds, not the dazzling rings nor the string of pearls of the satellites; and still I hope we will have more shots like this.

Holiday Treats ... from Us to You
12-26-2011  02:16:57

We are very fortunate indeed.
The Voyager spacecrafts awoke our imagination then Cassini filled it with wonders beyond it!
Regarding the Ancients, we should give them the credit that they gave the name of their gods to these specks of light they saw wandering through the night skies. That is not nothing.
Thanks and Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 to the CICLOPS team and supporters!

Enceladus 'Rev 154' Raw Preview #1
10-09-2011  03:24:42

Strange and beautiful.

The fountains seem suspended, like if they were not connected to the black disk of the surface. Is this the effect of Enceladus casting its shadow on the basis of the geysers?

And another question: do these jets "propel" - even slightly - Enceladus, and distort its orbit the tiniest bit? Being located in one specific spot and not compensated by other effects, on a very long period?
Or do these fractures and jets randomly migrate anyway, so their tiny effects - if any - is also randomised on the long run?

A Quintet of Moons
10-09-2011  03:16:29

Lots of wonderful features on this image.
It has the sci-fi look with all those many worlds in one single image.
But also its small surprises and trompe-l'oeil style.
With Rhea seeming to take the place of Saturn, and with the rings looking like they are taken from the unlit side, you really need to read the explanations to decipher it correctly.
Thanks Cassini imaging team, beautiful job again.

Beyond Southern Rhea
03-22-2011  13:32:02

Fabulous. Fabulous!
Cassini makes us dream again and again after all these years.

Rhea 'Rev 143' Raw Preview #4
01-22-2011  03:07:04

"I think it's the same medium-sized deep crater that is in the middle of the image "Rhea 'Rev 143' Raw Preview '3" . ":
yes it is, see also the link for the Planetary Society website (no trick under that hyperlink ;-)
There Emily Lakdawalla provides more comment on the photos, and eliminated some of the unwelcomed features in raw images.

Rhea 'Rev 143' Raw Preview #1
01-22-2011  02:57:18

That one gives somes sense of depth, doesn't it?
Thanks for this nice posting.

Grooves on Blue
03-25-2009  13:51:14


Stormy Pole
01-24-2009  03:26:29

These views of the pole are always a pleasure to the eye, but coulour adds to the magnificence.

Darkness Falls on Rhea
01-24-2009  03:14:19

Beautiful... Remember Pitch Black (the movie)?

What a fascinating sight. Now I realise how tiny Rhea is - or rather how giant Saturn is.

Streamer Channel
11-11-2008  04:10:32

Strange and beautiful; what is the creature that will emerge from these ripples?
A mesmerising experience once again.

Focus on Enceladus
10-11-2008  03:07:08

This one:

Saturn's Active Atmosphere
10-05-2008  06:48:48

Do you plan to produce color images of the same region?
Or do you need this special filter to produce all these details, and the resulting image can be rendered in black & white only?
A glorious image anyway, thanks for this.

Map of Tethys - June 2008
08-10-2008  04:24:19

It is such a desolation, isn'it? Even on the previous map, of tiny Enceladus, there is so much more variety of landscapes.
Here this is craters interspersed with a few big cracks, craters everywhere, endlessly, on thousands of kilometers. The future settlers will have to turn their gaze to the sky.

Limb Scan
08-10-2008  04:16:39

Do not slip or you will take quite a ride from the rings to the clouds top...

Dance of the Clouds
08-10-2008  04:11:12

I simply LOVE these sights.
They are awesomely strange, and have such cold beauty!
I wonder how this region will look like, just 15 years from now, when it will again receive the sunlight it will be deprieved soon? All blue, I guess.

Against a Hail of Stars
08-10-2008  04:06:54

These are nice too, these pictures with a background of stars.
They provide a different, wider perspective.

Odysseus the Great
07-12-2008  07:48:40

It is surely a question that has been asked a thousand times, sorry for that.

The Herschel impact crater on Mimas is always presented with much awe as the result of an event that nearly shattered this moon.

But Odysseus is even larger compared to he size of Tehtys. Is Ithaca chasma the scar of this terrible impact, or is it unrelated? If it is unrelated, then are there signs of the stressful event elsewhere?

Paisley Skies
07-12-2008  07:41:08

Another fine image. Looks like galaxies bathed in milk. Appropriate, since galaktos means milk in ancient Greek.

Moons on the Move
04-20-2008  13:32:31

I missed that one...
It is indeed quite something. Look how the large moon Titan is dwarfed by Saturn!
I just wonder what a blue, Earth-like style moon would look around a planet like this.

The North Polar Region of Enceladus
03-15-2008  04:33:58

I do agree with Red_Dragon, who posted the comment a few days ago I think: a mosaic like this makes a day.

When looking a this, a few questions pop up.
1. On top of the image, where Samarkand Sulci touches the horizon, the terrain is very rugged. Does anyone know the height of these cliffs?
2. Is it possible to extrapolate, from this height and from the resistance of the ice (I guess ice flows, even deep frozen ice like that one), a maximum age for these cliffs? The initial height is unknown, but is surely capped by gravitation. Not very precise...but might give an indication?
3. Is it possible to have a global ocean beneath the surface, and still have some old cratered terrains? By contrast, Europa is young everywhere.
4. And finally, there is often great prudence in the explanations of the forces reshaping of Enceladus. For sure, some books and articls suggest tidal forces from Saturn and Dione. But it is never as clear cut as the explanations for Io's volcanism. What's the point?
If you have ideas, I would be glad to read them.
Have a nice day all.

Battered Dione
02-08-2008  13:18:52

Hi 3488,
just to locate, I think the large crater you see on the terminator is Aeneas.
The large twins at the bottom centre are Romulus & Remus and the large crater at their bottom right (almost on the edge) is Dido.
Leading hemisphere is in the night. Trailing side on the right, in full day. If I read my map correctly...

Coming to Light
02-03-2008  04:21:06

The magnificence of these whirlpools and arabesques, magnified by the shadow cast by the low-lying Sun, is a pleasure to the eye. With the rings in the background, it is almost too perfect!
Looking at these pictures makes me understand at last why some people enjoy so much abstract paintings.

Epimetheus Revealed
01-24-2008  11:13:49

I think the mountains in the centre are rather the central peak of this immense crater. In the South, the rim coincides with the edge of the moon itself.

Shadowing Saturn
10-18-2007  13:32:31


I wonder if this part of the comment is correct:

"Near lower right is the penumbral shadow of Iapetus -- the part of the moon's shadow where Iapetus does not completely block the Sun."

Shouldn't the penumbral shadow be adjacent / around the shadow?
In addition, the illumination seems to come from the lower left of the image.
Maybe the shadow on the lower right is the blocking by Rhea of the sunlight reflected by the rings.


Saturn from Dione
09-27-2007  12:30:04

This one is such a beauty.
Simple, elegant, inspiring.
Unsurpassed by computer renderings.
Thank you Mr. Poor.

03-03-2007  03:38:14

Your rendering is splendidly subtle or subtly splendid.
And the final touch is the hint of a blue south.

Symmetry in Shadow
03-03-2007  03:34:02

I want a room with that view...