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doublehelix

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So, I follow @CassiniSaturn on twitter, and this was just posted. I thought it was pretty cool.

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Vertical ring structures created by the moon Daphnis cast dark shadows on Saturn's A ring in this image taken as the planet approached its August 2009 equinox.

Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) is a bright dot casting a thin shadow just in the middle right side of the image. The moon has an inclined orbit, and its gravitational pull perturbs the orbits of the particles of the A ring forming the Keeler Gap's edges and sculpts the edges into waves having both horizontal (radial) and out-of-plane components.
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I read that Saturn's equinox occurs only once in about 15 Earth years! Amazing...

-dh
 
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MeteorWayne

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There's dozens of such images (many massaged by Andrew) in the Cassini thread in M&L. In fact, this post should probably be merged there into the existing thread :)
 
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Indeed.

Mind you I do not see any problem with having a dedicated thread just on this in SS&A.

Hi dh, yes the Saturn Equinoxes are just under fifteen years apart. The Kronian seasons are approx 7.5 years each & imagine have one birthday every 30 years, I would be 1.3 Kronian Years old. :shock: :shock:

Daphnis causes ripples.
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Pan cast's a shadow.
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I hope to put in a more regular appearance after some equipment hassles.

Andrew Brown.
 
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doublehelix

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MeteorWayne":14p51q7s said:
There's dozens of such images (many massaged by Andrew) in the Cassini thread in M&L. In fact, this post should probably be merged there into the existing thread :)

Go for it! :mrgreen:
 
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MeteorWayne

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Actually, based on Andrew's suggestion, I think I'll cross link the two threads so anyone interested can go to the other one for more details.

Here's the Cassini thread in Missions and Launches with more images:



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CalliArcale

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That's a good idea!

These equinox pictures are *awesome*. We're so used to thinking of the rings as a big flat disc, and to see this much structure is startling -- and even more so because it's so confined to specific areas (where the ring material has been disrupted gravitationally). It brings the whole system to life in a way that no humans have ever seen before.
 
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