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Uploaded 3-Apr-11
Taken 2-Apr-11
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Subcategory:Night Sky
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Dimensions3600 x 2400
Original file size435 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken2-Apr-11 20:19
Date modified3-Apr-11 20:19


About this Object:
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Saturn, along with Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, is classified as a gas giant. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian, meaning "Jupiter-like", planets. Saturn has an average radius about 9 times larger than the Earth's. While only 1/8 the average density of Earth, due to its larger volume, Saturn's mass is just over 95 times greater than Earth's.

Saturn has nine rings, consisting mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. Sixty-two known moons orbit the planet; fifty-three are officially named. This is not counting hundreds of "moonlets" within the rings. Titan, Saturn's largest and the Solar System's second largest moon (after Jupiter's Ganymede), is larger than the planet Mercury and is the only moon in the Solar System to possess a significant atmosphere.

About this Photo:
This is my first real attempt at Saturn and I am pleased with the results given the equipment available and my relative inexperience processing.
Date(s): April 2, 2011
Location: From my driveway in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Celestron C9.25 @ F20 (2x Barlow)
Mount: HEQ-5
Camera: Celestron NexImage Webcam
Exposure: 1100 frames at 15fps
Acquisition: AmCap
Processing: Registax v5.1
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3
Temperature(s): 75º F