CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturn Impact

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Saturn Impact
"In this image a large comet is intercepted by Saturn's gravitational pull on its way towards the Sun. The tug of the planet tears the comet apart as it passes Mimas. Pieces of the comet travel through part of Saturn's rings just behind Pandora and impact the fast moving atmosphere of the planet, vaporizing and releasing energy. This piece was inspired by pictures captured by Cassini and was digitally painted using Corel Paint and Adobe Photoshop 4 on a Wacom board. (No photographic images were used to produce this piece)."

Greg Prichard   © 2010
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