Saturn, From Earth

(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

That shot is not from the Cassini spacecraft. It was taken on June 11, 2017, using a 106 cm (42”) telescope located at the renowned Pic du Midi Observatory, located in the French Pyrénées. It’s at an elevation of nearly 3000 meters, and has an unusually steady air flow past it. That’s important: A steady atmosphere means less twinkling, less distortion of the light from astronomical objects. That means images taken there have very high resolution, and I’ve always been very impressed with what I’ve seen coming from that location. …

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Damian Peach, Emil Kraaikamp e.a.:Saturn on 2017-06-11, from Pic du Midi

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