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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:07 pm

These are constructed from Cassini photographs of Saturn taken about two weeks ago. They're in natural color; the only thing "artificial" that has been done with this top one is a seamless mosaic by Gordan Ugarkovic. Two notable things -- the hexagon-shaped blue storm in Saturn's north pole, and check out how bright it is on the night side of the planet thanks to copious "ringshine":

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This one, put together by Val Klavans, gives a bit more detail of the hexagon storm:

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These are already being heralded as among the most amazing space photos ever produced.

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Post by Lurker on Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:09 pm

Fantastic!

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:48 pm

I know, right? It's almost impossible for me to look at those photos and conceive that I'm really looking at an object that's more than 95 times larger than Earth, without the rings!

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