The first true colour image of Saturn reveals that the ringed planet is not the silver orb visible from Earth but a deep shade of blue.The good Astronomer's poetic imagery may not exactly up to the standard of Shakespeare... but nonetheless I agree, because his satellite imagery certainly is.
Instead, the image - released yesterday by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado - shows that Saturn's northern hemisphere is a soft azure, striped by the shadows of the planet's rings.
The blue hue is a moody backdrop for Saturn's icy moon Mimas.
"It's pretty cool, and it also happens to be a neat picture," commented Chris Tinney, a Sydney-based astronomer with the Anglo-Australian Observatory.
Friday, 11 February 2005
From The Australian :