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One Last Look at Saturn


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

Ian Regan reprocessed the final images Cassini took of Saturn

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Ian Regan: Cassini's last dance


Top 6 Discoveries of Cassini


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

On Friday, September 15th, Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere. Here are the top 6 things we learned from it while it was alive. …

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Earth (and Moon) from Saturn

Last Days of Cassini


(Discover Blogs::Out There) – Corey S. Powell:

As Cassini’s program manager and a veteran of the mission since 1993, Earl H. Maize of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a unique perspective on the last days of this remarkable spacecraft. There is no other comparable mission on the drawing boards; given current political realities, there may not be another like it in our lifetimes. And yet, Cassini is a beginning as well as an end. Maize notes that omnibus missions like Cassini allow more targeted follow-ups, like the upcoming Europa Clipper and (here’s hoping) future visits to the moons Enceladus and Titan.

I spoke with Maize just ahead of Cassini’s heroic final plunge. He offered an insider’s view of how it all ended. …

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Enceladus setting behind Saturn 2017-09-13

Cassini Must Die


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

The Cassini probe is being ordered to destroy itself by crashing into Saturn. It seems harsh. You’ve sent a tourist to an exotic location to go crazy taking vacation snaps, and then instead of a return trip, you reward them with a request to send more pictures of their suicide. I guess it is a spectacular way to go. …

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Cassini spacecraft at Saturn

Titanic Occultation


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

Titan tries to hide behind Saturn’s rings in this image from 2012. Note the visible bluish haze layer in Titan’s upper atmosphere. …

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Titan behind Saturn_s rings

Lunar Eclipse @ ESO


(ESO PoTW) – During the early evening of 7 August, a partial lunar eclipse was visible in the sky above the ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany.

The Picture of the Week shown here is a compilation of over 50 images of the eclipse, starting from the peak of the eclipse just as the Moon rose above the horizon, to the eclipse’s conclusion when the Moon was high in the sky. …

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2017-08-07 Lunar Eclipse at ESO Garching

Sirius A+B


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

Sirius B is the burned-out core of a star that was once much like the sun, though more massive. It likely started out life as a 5.6 solar mass star, putting it in the top tiers of “normal” stars. Something like 130 million years ago it ran out of useable hydrogen in its core to fuse into helium. It swelled up into a red giant, blew off its outer layers, and eventually all that was left was its dense inert core — the white dwarf we see today. …

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Sirius A+B

No Burqas


(Guardian) – Jon Henley:

A Norwegian anti-immigrant group has been roundly ridiculed after members apparently mistook a photograph of six empty bus seats posted on its Facebook page for a group of women wearing burqas. …

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no burqas

How Whales Sleep


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A photographer went up close to a pod of giant sperm whales and captured incredible photos of the animals asleep in a vertical pose, a rare sight. …

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Sleeping sperm whales

Street View in Space


(Atlantic Science) – Marina Koren:

New images on Google Maps were taken by an astronaut as he floated from module to module inside the International Space Station. …

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Google maps interior view of ISS