Yesterday, the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory Operations (CICLOPS) released the latest images from the Cassini spacecraft. The spacecraft took these raw images on 27 January 2010 and show Saturn’s moons Prometheus and Dione. For more about the closer look at Prometheus see the CICLOPS story online now here. For the images and story on Dione, see what CICLOPS has to say here.
The Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS), released today five videos developed from the images taken by the Cassini spacecraft in the vicinity of Saturn. All of the videos can be accessed online here. My favorite video is the one where “the small moon Mimas passes in front of the larger moon Rhea which is partly obscured by Saturn’s rings.”
The Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) has released the latest images of the Saturn moon called Iapetus. This moon has an unusual surface dichotomy. One hemisphere is significantly darker than the other. To learn more about the story on the global view of Iapetus’ two sides link here. To learn more about the story on the color images of Iapetus’ two hemispheres link here. And to learn about the computer model that has been published in the journal Science used to explain this strange appearance link here.
The Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) has released an animation of Saturn’s north polar region based upon a number of the most recent images taken of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft. Once again there is an apparent hexagon-shaped feature in the atmosphere. As noted by the CICLOPS team: “the last visible-light images of the entire hexagon were captured by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft nearly 30 years ago.” The Cassini images are of higher resolution than Voyager’s camera and allows scientists to examine “undulations and circular features instead of blobs in the hexagon.” This should allow the scientists “to solve some of the unanswered questions about one of the most bizarre things we’ve ever seen in the solar system.” Read more about the images and their study online now here.
Yesterday, as I was on my way to my cosmology class, the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) released images taken by the Cassini spacecraft of the Saturn aurora. You can see more details and learn more about it here. Remember that Saturn has a magnetic field like Earth, and as here on Earth, the field lines create a type of magnetic bottle where charged particles from the Sun accumulate. At the polar regions these charged particles can escape from their magnetic confines and cause the atmospheric gases to glow.
The Cassini spacecraft is still out in the vicinity of Saturn, and on 21 November 2009 it flew by Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) located in Boulder, Colorado has released a number of the un-processed images from its Enceladus encounter. Check out these images here.
The Cassini Imaging Team, also known as CICLOPS, at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, has released the latest images (unprocessed) of Cassini’s latest encounter with Saturn’s moon Enceladus. There are some incredible views of the gas jets erupting from the surface of Enceladus. Enjoy a preview of the soon to be released processed images online now here.
In a press release today, available online here, the NASA Cassini Mission imaging team released new photographs of the rings of Saturn. Such images are unique as this is the time of the Saturnian year when Saturn is approaching its own equinox. For the first time, astronomers have been able to image unusual vertical structures in the rings. Of course the rings are not solid themselves, and the illusion of vertical structures is caused by the location of thousands of small icy debris, effected by the gravitational pull of a nearby Saturnian moon.
Earlier this month (and on this blog) NASA announced and released pictures from a flyby of the Saturn moon Enceladus. Today, there is another flyby of Enceladus which should reveal more about the unusual moon of Saturn. Learn more about it at http://ciclops.org/view/5335/Enceladus_Rev_91_Flyby Also, if you like Halloween Pranks with a spacey twist, check out the Cassini’s imaging team pictures available at http://ciclops.org/view_event/94/Tricks_or_Treats