Atmosphere of Saturn

Atmosphere of Saturn. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Atmosphere of Saturn. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Here is one of the latest Cassini images of Saturn. The image has pretty nice detail of the atmospheric features of the planet. You can see the polar vortex, the question is which one. The image caption was no help, just saying the camera was pointed at Anthe.

Anthe is a very tiny moon of Saturn, only about 1km in diameter and I’m not sure it is even in frame, Anthes has a semi-major axis of 197,700 km (122,845 mi) and was discovered in 2007 by the Cassini spacecraft.

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    • Yes, one time I was looking for ground-track predictions for a meteor that was to impact Earth (2008 TC3) and ended up at a site about satellite ground-tracks where you could put a satellite orbital parameters and it would out-put a ground track. So of course I spent a lot of time that day fooling around. I put a satellite in a polar orbit but in such a way it orbited around one pole only. As I increased the orbital speed the circular orbit morphed into just such a hexagon shape.

      I have yet to find that site again, more the pity because I’d link to it in a second. I’m still looking.

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