Anorak | Image Processing Guy Creates Incredible Picture of Saturn

Image Processing Guy Creates Incredible Picture of Saturn

by | 18th, October 2013

YOU think you know Saturn and then Saturn  Gordan Ugarkovic  creates the hereunder magnificent picture of the planet. It is  huge  – both picture and planet , that is. Others explain what we’re looking at:


Phil Plait :

On Oct. 10, 2013, Cassini took 36 shots of Saturn, a dozen each using red, green, and blue filters which approximate true color. Ugarkovic grabbed the raw files, processed them, and assembled them into this mosaic.

Lights In The Dark :

Here we’re looking down onto the ringed planet from high above its north pole, its shadow cast onto the rings at left. It’s a perspective never seen from Earth. A bit of ringshine  – sunlight reflected off the icy particles in the rings — slightly illuminates Saturn’s night side. Varying hues highlight the different bands within Saturn’s atmosphere, and a button of sea-blue marks the 1200-mile-wide hurricane that churns above its north pole.

The artist :

I’m a guy who does programming for a living, have a degree in computer science, but in free time I like to fool around with image processing…I’ve put up this gallery because I was somewhat underwhelmed by the frequency the Cassini Imaging Team releases color composites. Granted, there isn’t an overwhelming number of color sets available, but even when there is a chance to do color, the team often prefers grayscale. 

Cassini launched in October 1997, completed its initial mission “to explore the Saturn System”

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