Color Me Saturn

The southern half of Saturn

A somewhat truish colorized image of Saturn’s southern hemisphere, taken by Cassini on June 26, 2010 from a distance of 1,354,284 miles (that’s over five times the distance from Earth to the moon!) I substituted Cassini’s infrared and ultraviolet raw image channels for red and blue, respectively, and adjusted the combined results (with a native green channel) to look as Saturny as I could make it. I really like that pale dusky robin’s-egg blue band in the mid-southern latitudes.

Whether it would look like this to a person’s eyes in reality….well, we can always imagine. Color is, after all, a bit subjective for everyone. 🙂

Raw image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute. Edited by J. Major.