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Old 12-02-04, 09:27 AM   #1
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Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows



Caught in sunlight, icy moon Mimas shines above a broad shadow across gas giant Saturn. In this remarkable image from the Cassini spacecraft, tiny Mimas is at the upper right. The broad shadow across the giant planet is cast by Saturn's dense B ring with intriguing threadlike shadows from Saturn's inner C ring arrayed below. While the B and C rings are otherwise not visible here, the very narrow outer F ring lies toward the bottom of the image as well as a section of the partly transparent A ring and its 300 kilometer wide Encke gap crisscrossing the ring shadows.

Sunlight streaming through the much larger Cassini gap that separates the A and B rings is responsible for the bright band seen above Mimas. The Cassini gap itself is just off the bottom of this cropped view. Orbiting well beyond Saturn's F ring, Mimas is a mere 400 kilometers in diameter.

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Old 12-02-04, 09:33 AM   #2
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Sweet pics!
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Old 12-02-04, 09:44 AM   #3
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Old 12-02-04, 10:56 AM   #4
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Nice. A big one would make excellent wallpaper.
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Old 12-02-04, 12:32 PM   #6
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Old 01-26-11, 01:02 PM   #7
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Coulda sworn there was a thread devoted to space pictures. Only found a few strays, so I'll just resurrect this one (because dredging up really old threads is cool).

Some really nice photos taken from the ISS found right here.
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Old 01-26-11, 01:09 PM   #8
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

I thought about posting those like a month or so back. They are really cool.
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Foole was always good for some space pics. I wonder what happened to him?
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Old 01-26-11, 01:30 PM   #10
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Foole was always good for some space pics. I wonder what happened to him?
I was wondering that as I did the search. His name popped up a few times and reminded me that he was the one who did a lot of the space pic posts.
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Old 01-26-11, 01:31 PM   #11
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

It's nice to see space pics that aren't artist's renderings.
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Old 01-26-11, 01:45 PM   #12
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Old 01-26-11, 03:13 PM   #13
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

I got all excited that Foole had returned.
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Old 01-26-11, 03:19 PM   #14
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

I usually just check this page for cool space pics.
NASA's astronomy picture of the day.
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
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Old 06-16-11, 04:56 PM   #15
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Another bump. Saw this on CNN's page, from a Time article - Link here.

This video is in the online article but I'm posting it because I was totally mesmerized by it.

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dunno why the embedding code is showing - pretend ya don't see it
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Old 06-16-11, 07:27 PM   #17
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Absolutely amazing.
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

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Coulda sworn there was a thread devoted to space pictures. Only found a few strays, so I'll just resurrect this one (because dredging up really old threads is cool).

Some really nice photos taken from the ISS found right here.
The one of the Andes was great.
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Old 06-16-11, 11:33 PM   #19
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Two nice recent pictures:
Endeavour shuttle at ISS:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110608.html


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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Really, really neat.

geek alert: who here has named a production server MIMAS? Bonus points if it was a Netware box.

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Old 06-18-11, 03:19 PM   #21
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That shuttle/ISS photo is incredible! I had to check the source because I got to wondering how the heck the picture was taken!
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Old 11-21-11, 01:01 AM   #22
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Around the Earth in 90 minutes from the ISS.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.


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Explanation: What is it like to circle the Earth? Every 90 minutes, astronauts aboard the International Space Station experience just that. Recently, crew members took a series of light-sensitive videos looking down at night that have been digitally fused to produce the above time-lapse video. Many wonders of the land and sky are visible in the eighteen sequences, including red aurora above green aurora, lights from many major cities, and stars in the background. Looming at the top of the frame is usually part of the space station itself, sometimes seen re-orienting solar panels. Please help create a useful companion guide for this moving video by identifying landmarks, cities, countries, weather phenomena, and even background constellations that appear.
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Old 07-01-15, 12:00 AM   #23
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Re: Space pic: Mimas, Rings, and Shadows

Another bump! This may be too late for most of the U.S., but if you're on the west coast, check out Venus and Jupiter! They're nearly touching in the western sky - I think the closest they'll appear to us ever ("ever" being a subjective term). I took my telescope out and caught them both in view, along with four of Jupiter's moons! Wish I had a camera attachment! Take my word for it; an awesome sight!
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Never fails -- it is always cloudy here when a celestial event occurs.
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Old 09-08-17, 09:08 PM   #25
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Le Bump! The L.A.Times (online) has a cool article covering some of the moons of Saturn that Cassini has helped to demystify. Worth a look if ya like moons!
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