This image was captured the evening of March 21st 2011 at approximately 11pm.




Saturn, Dione, Tethys and Enceladus

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This image was captured the evening of April 12th, 2011 at approximately 11:15pm. DST.




Saturn, Dione and Titan

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This image was captured on the evening of April 9th, 2011 at approximately 11pm.



A Stormy Saturn

These projections from the 12th of April, show a polar view of the storm activity on Saturn.



About the Images

CAMERA:  Imaging Source video cam DMK21au04.

TELESCOPE:  Celestron C9.25 (235mm) SCT @ F/25.

BARLOW:  2.5x Telvue powermate.


SOFTWARE:  Registax, Photoshop CS3.

ADDITIONAL INFO:  Shot @ 30fps, with approximately 500 frames per channel stacked.



Average distance from the Sun, 885.9 million miles.

Average distance from Earth, 792.9 million miles.

Rotation period, (day) 10.7 hours.

Orbital period, (year) 29.5 Earth years.

Diameter, 74,898 miles.

Gravity, 100 Earth pounds = 106 pounds on Saturn.

Moons, 56.

Saturn is probably the most awe inspiring planet in our solar system. It’s elaborate ring system reaches 165,000 miles in diameter, and averages only 150 feet thick. Saturn’s rapid planetary rotation flattens the planet by about 10% at it’s poles, making it the most oblate planet in the solar system.




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