A Setting Titan
A series of 13 raw images from Cassini, taken October 18, 2010, has been looped together to create this animation showing Titan “setting” behind the nighttime limb of Saturn. Check out the refraction along Saturn’s atmosphere! Very cool. (The images are oriented so the ringplane – seen at left – is running vertically.)
This is the view an observer might have if they were “standing” on Saturn.
The frames have been level-adjusted to create an even black background, but some detail was lost in the process…and there are still quite a few sensor specks and cosmic ray hits because I didn’t clean those up.
Images: NASA / JPL / SSI. Animation by J. Major.