Monday, 2 June 2014

PLANET - Saturn

Twenty days after opposition

A hundred or so shots of Saturn through a C8 at 2m10 focal length. With a little good will you can see a hint of the Cassini division and the Northern band currently visible.

Saturn on May 31st 2014

Saturn is currently showing us the northern side of its rings with a tilt of about 21.5°, which will be widening until 2017 or so, and in about 10 years time they will again (diss)appear edge-on, like they did in 2009.

These are shots of Saturn taken over time, showing the variation of the ring's inclination:

Tilt of Saturn's rings over 7 years