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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Hear ye, hear ye. I have Nerdy Cassini Swag to give away!

Saturn and Our Pale Blue Orb


I have been sent a number of 8.5"x11" lithographs of this amazing composite panorama of Saturn & its rings, so I thought it might be time to do another random mailing to DW & LJ friends who would like one. The image is so titled because you can see the Earth peeping out next to the narrow, solitary G ring on the left side. It's a stunning construction, as described on the back:

"The panoramic view was created by combining 165 images taken by the Cassini wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on September 15, 2006...Ultraviolet, infrared and clear-filter images were digitally composited, then adjusted to resemble natural colour."

To (potentially) receive a copy, just answer this poll.

Poll #1446272 Cassini Swag

Which of these is your favourite thing about Saturn?

Saturn & Jupiter protect the solar system by flinging trespassers out of it. It's like border patrol, except unequivocally good.
3(15.0%)
Its mysterious rotation period, which has yet to be pinpointed.
1(5.0%)
Its potentially habitable moons. I'm moving to Titan ASAP.
4(20.0%)
The beautiful rings.
2(10.0%)
It's a GIANT BALL OF SPINNING GAS OMG
10(50.0%)

Will you cherish this image with the reverence it deserves?

Yes!
17(100.0%)

What is your mailing address?

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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2009-08-20 10:44 (UTC)
I would sign up for this but I just spent an hour doing a not very good job of figuring out how to rearrange the apartment to fit the new art works and largely failing!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-08-26 10:27 (UTC)
Boo to insufficient wall space!

Still though - which of those is your favourite thing about Saturn?
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2009-08-26 10:29 (UTC)
It's hard to say. The giant ball of spinning gas thing is hard to beat.
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[User Picture]From: inahandbasket
2009-08-20 11:38 (UTC)
eesa beautiful!
I had an image of Titan as my desktop wallpaper for the longest time...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-08-26 10:31 (UTC)
Have you seen the topographical maps produced by the RADAR instrument team of the surface of Titan? Those are pretty awesome.
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[User Picture]From: inahandbasket
2009-08-26 10:55 (UTC)
probably but linky me anyway!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-08-26 11:05 (UTC)
The T-61 flyby was yesterday but the data aren't up yet (er, obviously) but there's a good example of one of the RADAR mosaics on its page:

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/flybys/titan20090825/

There's also this excellent archive of the tour mission flybys up to T30 that has loads of the stripey swath images.

http://www.planetary.org/explore/topics/saturn/titan_radar.html
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[User Picture]From: inahandbasket
2009-08-26 11:23 (UTC)
very cool, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2009-08-20 15:45 (UTC)
I actually wanted to tick the last three. Saturn is EXCELLENT.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-08-26 10:33 (UTC)
Yes, I should have made this a ticky poll, I think.
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[User Picture]From: cryhavoctm
2009-08-20 16:03 (UTC)
I'd find somewhere good to hang that, that's for sure!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-08-26 10:32 (UTC)
Hurrah! It should be with you in a few days, assuming RM doesn't go on strike in the meantime.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2009-08-20 21:23 (UTC)
I actually have a fondness for Saturn due to the fact that Titan has 2 different ionospheres, in totally different pressure regions with quite different ion chemistries.

Titan is just plain neat.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-08-26 10:36 (UTC)
The design for T70, which will be the closest - and therefore riskiest - flyby of Titan yet, is currently under development. Terribly excited.
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[User Picture]From: thalassius
2009-08-21 17:49 (UTC)
I love that image. It reminds me of Carolyn Porco talking about how she was the first human being ever to see Saturn looking back towards the Sun, and how awesome she is, and how awesome planetary science can be.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-09-01 13:42 (UTC)
I hope your copy brings back that feeling every time you look at it.
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[User Picture]From: comfortslut
2009-08-22 01:16 (UTC)
So! Pretty!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-09-01 13:42 (UTC)
And for you!
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[User Picture]From: greengrower
2009-08-22 16:34 (UTC)

Time traveling

I wish there were some way Samuel Pepys could receive a copy. He would be fascinated by the information contained in your poll. Just the other night, Sunday 19 August 1666, he went to his roof with friends to look with his new "twelve-foote glasse, but could not Saturne, he being very dark." http://syndicated.livejournal.com/pepysdiary/629209.html

I've been following daily entries in Pepys' Diary via a LiveJournal feed together with your journal posts on my friends page. It is striking how similar you two are in your intellectual curiosity and openness to experience the richness of being so fully alive. I've often wondered if you two just walked the same street or visited the same place, only separated in time. I've come to think you might enjoy his experience together with your own. Recently, in his time, there have been large sea battles with the Dutch, and the plague appears to be in decline.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-09-02 20:15 (UTC)
You know, the rotation period mystery is probably on the point of being solved. A paper came out this month which shows that the Saturn Kilometric Radiation (SKR), from which the two differing rotation periods have been measured, has a distinct north-south asymmetry. The exact cause isn't known, but will probably be elucidated in the coming months. I bet Pepys would have liked that.

Thank you for the recommendation. I've added his feed to my reading list. I noticed with amusement that he recently got drunk in Islington. I used to live in Highbury, and I am afraid to try to tot up the number of times I've been drunk in Islington!
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2009-09-06 05:16 (UTC)
Saturn has always been my favorite planet. That is a beautiful image of it!
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2009-09-07 22:24 (UTC)
I have just noticed, because I am so terribly observant, that you have a limited number of these images to send. I understand if they are all spoken for. If nothing else, I now have a beautiful new background for my desktop!
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[User Picture]From: cryhavoctm
2009-09-10 13:33 (UTC)

Awesome!

Just to let you know, the pic arrived, it's been framed and is now resplendent on the wall in my lounge!

I tried taking a photo with my camera but it's rubbish and I appear to be without digital camera at the moment.

I will get you a pic soon.

Thanks again.

:)

J.
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