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!
Boo to insufficient wall space!
Still though - which of those is your favourite thing about Saturn?
It's hard to say. The giant ball of spinning gas thing is hard to beat.
I had an image of Titan as my desktop wallpaper for the longest time...
Have you seen the topographical maps produced by the RADAR instrument team of the surface of Titan? Those are pretty awesome.
probably but linky me anyway!
I actually wanted to tick the last three. Saturn is EXCELLENT.
Yes, I should have made this a ticky poll, I think.
I'd find somewhere good to hang that, that's for sure!
Hurrah! It should be with you in a few days, assuming RM doesn't go on strike in the meantime.
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.
The design for T70, which will be the closest - and therefore riskiest - flyby of Titan yet, is currently under development. Terribly excited.
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.
I hope your copy brings back that feeling every time you look at it.
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.
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!
Saturn has always been my favorite planet. That is a beautiful image of it!
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!
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.