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(Wired)   NASA's Cassini spacecraft snaps INCREDIBLE picture of Venus as seen through the rings of Saturn   (wired.com) divider line 25
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2013-03-04 03:31:57 PM
It looks like a stuck pixel.
 
2013-03-04 03:32:28 PM
Cassini. The little craft that could. I hope it lasts alot longer.
 
2013-03-04 03:42:48 PM
In before Uranus joke...
 
2013-03-04 03:44:15 PM
It's not all that incredible. I mean other than in the sense of being taken by a spacecraft hundreds of millions of miles from Earth.

But they couldn't have lined the shot up so Venus would be exactly between two of the rings or something? It just looks like one of the many other orbital pics of Saturn, but with, yeah, a stuck pixel.
 
2013-03-04 03:52:17 PM
I know an astronomer from San Francisco who would like to see the rings of Uranus.
 
2013-03-04 03:58:42 PM
I'm all about great astronomy photos but this isn't that big of a deal.

There was a series last year that showed the Earth and Moon and another series that showed the Moon orbiting the Earth.

Those were freaking awesome.
 
2013-03-04 04:02:30 PM
www.wearysloth.com

Knew you'd see Venus
 
2013-03-04 04:04:37 PM
Does anyone really understand how small we are?
 
2013-03-04 04:11:18 PM
fc03.deviantart.net
 
2013-03-04 04:17:29 PM
Wait..is that F ring braided?

m.teachastronomy.com


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2013-03-04 04:51:16 PM
It's just a dot.
 
2013-03-04 04:58:19 PM
No pictures of Val Venis getting the Rings of Saturn from Perry Saturn?
 
2013-03-04 05:29:56 PM
Once I discovered there was no color in space and everything was simulated--I kinda was disappoint.
 
2013-03-04 05:36:55 PM

Cup_O_Jo: Once I discovered there was no color in space and everything was simulated--I kinda was disappoint.


I, for one, prefer the color out of space.

www.sci-fi-o-rama.com
 
2013-03-04 05:45:02 PM

DivorceWar Veteran: Does anyone really understand how small we are?


The scale of the Universe
 
2013-03-04 06:25:03 PM

On the Side: Cup_O_Jo: Once I discovered there was no color in space and everything was simulated--I kinda was disappoint.

I, for one, prefer the color out of space.

[www.sci-fi-o-rama.com image 294x494]


The actual colour of the universe.
 
2013-03-04 06:40:10 PM

Zoidfarb: On the Side: Cup_O_Jo: Once I discovered there was no color in space and everything was simulated--I kinda was disappoint.

I, for one, prefer the color out of space.

[www.sci-fi-o-rama.com image 294x494]

The actual colour of the universe.


Well, now I know the name of my next overindulgent space-jam song.  Cosmic Latte.
 
2013-03-04 06:49:13 PM

TabASlotB: In before Uranus joke...


When I attend talks when this word is used, the speaker is always careful to pronounce it as
"Urine-us", not "Your Anus".

So, there's just no way to avoid the snickering either way.

/Georgium Sidus is too much work to say
 
2013-03-04 07:05:36 PM

Cup_O_Jo: Once I discovered there was no color in space and everything was simulated--I kinda was disappoint.


This is incorrect.  There is color in space, its just that the ultra sensitive telescopes that look at things that are far away are RADIO telelscopes, and they don't see true color so images are colorized to show you things your eye couldn't actually see, or to enhance contrast in images.

Color is a property of light, and there is plenty of light in space.  Its just that not everything we detect through radio telescopes has a human visible wavelength.
 
2013-03-04 07:06:39 PM
Truly breathtaking.
 
2013-03-05 12:02:28 AM
INCREDIBLE pictures of Venus as seen... on Venus. Soviets won this one.
www.mentallandscape.com
 
2013-03-05 09:10:10 AM
Venus as imaged by Cassini back in the late 1990s:

img272.imageshack.us

Not all that awesome to be truthful.

Source
 
2013-03-05 09:43:50 AM
If by INCREDIBLE subby means a tiny, indistinguishable dot, then yes.

Sure would be cool if they could ease the spacecraft down near the rings at the end of its life. I heard they're going to send it plunging into Saturn, which is a damn waste of a perfectly good camera platform.
 
2013-03-05 10:56:08 AM
This image is from November 2012.    Phil Plait on Bad Astronomy has posted a newer one.
 
2013-03-05 12:27:52 PM

wjllope: TabASlotB: In before Uranus joke...

When I attend talks when this word is used, the speaker is always careful to pronounce it as
"Urine-us", not "Your Anus".

So, there's just no way to avoid the snickering either way.


I watched a fairly crappy movie on Netflix called "Journey to the Seventh Planet". Most of the time they avoided saying the planet's name altogether, but when they did say it they pronounced it "your-AH-noos". That seemed like a reasonable pronunciation to me, without the snickering inducement of the other two.
 
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