Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is the second largest in our solar system.  Like Jupiter, it has a turbulent atmosphere, although Saturn's bands are much fainter.  Saturn's most prominent feature is its ring system.  In this image can be seen the inner A ring and the outer B ring, separated by the Cassini division.  More information and images of Saturn are available at Wikipedia - Saturn.


 Saturn on 6 February 2005.  This image was processed from a movie file taken with a simple color webcam (ToUCam).   The best 17 out of over a thousand individual frames were processed to obtain this color image.        


 Saturn on 7 August 1999 at approximately 0801-0803UT.        

  In order to capture this image I used eyepiece projection and stacked four extremely short (0.01s) exposures. The result was processed with several unsharp masks.  

In this version of the same image, I have significantly stretched the image to highlight the faint moons (or satellites) of Saturn.  Four moons can be easily seen above.  Rhea is the moon to the far left in this image and is the second largest moon of Saturn.  Tethys is just to the left of Saturn, while Dione is to the upper left of the planet within the glare of the washed-out image of Saturn.  The bright moon to the upper right is Titan, the second largest moon in the Solar System.

In this highly processed version, both moons and planetary detail can be seen.

0802UT 7 August 1999 plot of Saturn and moons from The Sky software.  In my images above, Mimas and Enceladus were apparently too faint to be seen.  


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