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OT - Great View of Saturn

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by dmarbell, Sep 9, 2011.

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  1. dmarbell

    dmarbell Active Member

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    One of my other hobbies is astronomy. I have a lot of trouble participating, because it's at night and I have trouble staying up past ten now as I get older. I was actually looking at Jupiter this morning at 5:30 though, almost straight up in the sky at that time from NC.

    This is a great view of Saturn. Don't remember how to imbed the thread. The link is too long to fit in the space above.

    Danny

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/nasa-cassini-orbiter-snaps-unbelievable-picture-saturn-144133480.html
     
  2. dmarbell

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    Here is the pic.

    Danny


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  3. JLSIMON

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    That's pretty cool! But please don't burdon us with a picture of Uranus..:)
     
  4. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    That is very nice to see. Thank you Danny
     
  5. big joe

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    Neat picture! Did you take this yourself? What kind of equipment did you use?


    Joe
     
  6. dmarbell

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    Joe,

    Check the link. The pic was taken by the Cassini Orbiter from the far side of Saturn, with the sun blocked out. (Basically, I guess, a complete solar eclipse by Saturn as seen from its far side!)

    Danny
     
  7. squirrelkiller

    squirrelkiller TS Member

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    Big Joe - I looked at this REAL early this AM and thought, "What the heck kind of backyard telescope does Danny have!!!!" Then I saw the link he put on!

    Cool hobby Danny, we live in a very rural area and there is a 17.5" mirror -telescope 7 miles from us that the members hunt and track asteroids. They have located many unknown asteroids. Not my thing, but it seems like a cool hobby.
     
  8. RunGunIPSC

    RunGunIPSC TS Member

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    Looking at that picture makes a guy wonder what is it really like out there next to that big boy.
     
  9. dmarbell

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    For those who haven't seen it, I recommend the movie "Mission to Mars." There is a very cool scene in it. The folks are trying to rescue someone trapped on Mars (in the future, of course), they have trouble, and have to abandon ship above Mars. Pretty realistic view of them in a decaying orbit above Mars, trying to catch up to another orbiting ship to fly it down to the planet.

    There is a link to youtube to the scene. The whole movie is worth watching.

    Danny
     
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