Friday, December 29, 2006

The Top 10 Astronomy Pictures of 2006

Number One











This image, taken by the Cassini spacecraft, is actually a mosaic of several images and it shows something we can't see from Earth: Saturn, back-lit by the Sun. I love this image. It's got it all: beauty, scope, power, artistry, and it also happens to have some good scientific value as well.



The rest can be seen here.

5 Comments:

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Fantastic Images!

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Schwe-e-e-e-t!

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I wonder if those "lights" on the backside represent magnetic reconnection (solar wind particle's coming back together in the planets "wake") or are just a Cassini camera lens product.

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

"magnetic reconnection"

Sorry fj..no idea. I've never heard this term before.

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

The E-M source of the Earth's northern lights.

 

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