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Image: Not really starless at Saturn

Saturn's main rings, along with its and moons, are much brighter than most stars. As a result, much shorter exposure times (10 milliseconds, in this case) are required to produce an image and not saturate the detectors of ...

dateJul 19, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Image: Saturn askew

As a convention for public release, Cassini images of Saturn are generally oriented so that Saturn appears north up, but the spacecraft views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn ...

dateApr 06, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Image: Tethys dwarfed by Saturn

It is easy to forget just how large Saturn is, at around 10 times the diameter of Earth. And with a diameter of about 72,400 miles (116,500 kilometers), the planet simply dwarfs its retinue of moons. One of those satellites, ...

dateJan 13, 2016 in Space Exploration
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