Saturn & Titan

Gemini North infrared image of Saturn and Titan (at about 6 o'clock position). Image obtained on May 7, 2009 (5:31 UTC) using the Altair adaptive optics system with the Near-infrared imager (NIRI). At the perimeter of Saturn's ring the F-ring is faintly visible. The F-ring was discovered in images from the Pioneer 11 spacecraft in 1979 and is normally not apparent in images taken with ground-based telescopes. Also apparent are several of Saturn's smaller moons. This color composite image made using data from three infrared filters (K' [2.0-2.1 microns], H2 1-0 [2.12 micron narrowband], and bracket gamma[2.17 micron narrowband]), the field of view is about 40 arcseconds across. Note to photo editors: The full-resolution images are at the native pixel dimensions of the data and are not available at higher resolution without resampling

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/AURA/Henry Roe, Lowell Observatory/Emily Schaller, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i.

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Id:gemini0905a
Type:Planetary
Release date:Aug. 12, 2009, 8 p.m.
Related releases:gemini0905
Size:1024 x 1024 px

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