The Unparalleled Beauty of the Night Sky ... Up Close
MN
Saturn
Just a year past Ring Plane Crossing
10 days before opposition


Viewing at 100%
Saturn is tilted only 3.5 degrees. This is my first image of the northern pole after the 2009 ring plane crossing. Even at this angle the main gap in rings can be seen.
Saturn Details:
Night of:Friday March 12, 2010
Site:Bonsall
Local Time:10:20 PM | Mar 12, 2010
Altitude:35
Distance:791,692,817 miles
Magnitude:+0.71 mV
Diameter:19.51 arcsec
Tilt:+4.3 NP
Phase Angle:1.06
Illumination:99.99%
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:Orion Starshoot DSI2
f/ratio:f/30
Pixel Scale:0.235 arcsec
Gain:0
Exposure:0.25 sec
Video Length:?
Frames:
Stacked:91
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