Amazing epic photos of Saturn
• Amazing Saturn epic photos
Saturn boasts the magnificent planetary ring in the solar system, but they do not only this beautiful unique gas giant. After all, it is the farthest planet from Earth that we can see with the naked eye.
However, the distance in 1, 195 billion kilometers makes it impossible to observe Saturn with Earth as it manages NASA Cassini spacecraft, which since 2004 has been in orbit of this planet.
While some of the photos Cassini show Saturn as a quiet giant, floating in space, others reveal a dynamic and turbulent nature of his windy conditions.
We represent some of the most incredible images taken by Cassini recently.
In this image, the sun is directly behind Saturn, in billions of kilometers. Light from the sun passes through the rings of Saturn, showing previously unseen ring E, located on the outer side.
There is a detailed view of the four inner rings of Saturn. It is closest to the planet ring D, and follows the path are outside of the ring C, B and A. blank rings separated by a thin gap.
In this image can see the north pole of Saturn's hexagon storm of colossal proportions.
The whimsical shape of the giant storm, shown in false color, is due to the motion of the gas vortex at different speeds. Scientists were able to get similar hexagons in a laboratory on Earth with water.
Cassini took off storm with winds of 530 kilometers per hour. Conditionally-color image with the center of the red vortex.
On the north pole of Saturn there are thunderstorms. Here is one for the blue hexagon hurricane.
In 2010, a sudden storm began in the northern hemisphere of Saturn. Within just a few months, the storm grew in enormous bands of swirling gas - neon orange curls conditional colors that wrap around the entire planet.
The real storm color is creamy white, which is why scientists refer to it as "a big white spot." They think that these storms are formed each summer in the northern hemisphere - every 30 Earth years, but for unknown reasons this happened ten years earlier than expected.
This is a major storm plan, which lasted a total of 267 days, and the vortex grew up to 12 thousand kilometers.
These curls along the southern hemisphere are in fact giant vortices in one of the most active regions of Saturn, called "Avenue of storms" where storms do not stop ever since Cassini first discovered them in 2004.
Dragon Storm, shown in conventional neon-orange flowers just above and right of center - storm on the "Walk of storms" with strong bursts that emit powerful radio waves.
This rainbow on the rings of Saturn is actually an artifact that appeared after the image processing scientists, and is not present. Despite this, it makes the picture is incredibly beautiful.
Scientists believe that most of Saturn's rings are made up of fragments of moons, torn to pieces by the powerful gravity of the planet. However, the source material for the ring E is a Saturn Enceladus satellite, shown as black sphere inside the ring.
View from afar on Enceladus, which is a tiny speck on the right from the center just above the thin line marking the rings of Saturn. Rings cast shadows on the entire northern hemisphere in the form of strips.
Just below the center you can see one of the four moons of Saturn's shepherd named Daphnis. Shepherds of the moon - the tiny satellites which orbit very close to Saturn and its rings often cross.
Cassini sees in the perturbations of the moon shepherds that they leave during the movement through the ring. Here is a closer view of Daphnis - 8 kilometers across - is creating waves in the rings of Saturn.
This is the image in a natural color made from a distance of 1 million kilometers of Saturn shows a mysterious change of color from bluish in the north to the south of Golden. Scientists do not yet know why this is happening.
This illustrates one of the four inner moons of Saturn Mimas against a background of a bluish tint of the northern hemisphere of the planet.
The size of the storm at Saturn's south pole is about one third the size of the hexagonal storm at the North Pole - 8000 km. These two pictures show the different layers and the density of the storm, on the upper image - false color.
This close-up shows the eye of the storm in the south of Saturn, and 60 kilometers in depth, and with winds up to 560 kilometers per hour.
And in the end look at the future: in the lower right corner of the visible small arrow pointing at the tiny pale blue dot. This Earth. Inside Saturn could fit 764 of the Earth.