Just another planet with clear blue skies

And while we’re in other news, there are some stunningly beautiful images online from the Cassini mission to Saturn, also here and lots more here – As Tim Radford suggests in the Guardian, Think of it as just another planet with clear blue skies, oxygen in its atmosphere, summer lightning, high speed winds, high clouds, auroral fireworks, a crackling magnetosphere – and 34 moons so far

  • maca

    Blue skies … thanks to photoshop no doubt.

  • Occasional Commenter

    Blue skies … thanks to photoshop no doubt.

    In this case not, according the the text at the first link above. But you’re right to be suspicious, most space images are heavily processed without any warning.

  • Occasional Commenter

    Upon reading all the text (doh!) below that first picture, I’ve realised that this picture has been “enhanced” a little, but it’s still true that the natural colour of that background is blue.

  • StrayToaster

    OC: There is generally warning on the pictures, in that they are taken at different wavelengths, so false colouring helps the viewer somewhat. But I take your point, and the inference, but disagree with the ‘no warning’ bit. No, I can be more bland if you want. What? I should just stop now?

    Before I go (yes, coat still on) I commend to you all:

    Astronomy Picture of the Day. Check it. Every day. You know it makes sense.

  • JD

    Ah, but is it mostly harmless?

  • peteb


    I think Saturn’s entry may still just say – Harmless

  • DessertSpoon

    Everywhere looks nice from a distance.