Oct 20, 2008

Unusual and Unexpected Colors of Saturn

Unusual and Unexpected Colors of Saturn
Planet Saturn is now sporting very unusual and unexpected colors. Take a look at the picture above. The unusual colors are visible just north of the dark ring shadows. The razor-thin plane of ring particles is visible nearly edge-on across the bottom of the image.

Why this change is color? Scientists thinks that it is related to the changing of seasons in Saturn. But, they are not sure about it. On the picture above, you can also see the moon Titan, which is just above the rings of Saturn.

The robotic Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004, is continuously sending back data and images of the planet. Those data and images are helping scientists in understanding the atmosphere, moons, and rings of Saturn.



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