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NASA recently released some new "true-color" images of Saturn, Saturn's rings and Titan that properly depict the changing seasons of the gas-giant and it's largest moon. Let me tell you that they are glorious!

This is my personal favorite of the bunch, being that Saturn's rings are some of the most gorgeous fixtures in our solar system. This particular view focuses on the sunlit, northern side of the rings that are lit up just above the ring plane. Titan itself is partly shadowed by Saturn, but if you look incredibly closely at Titan's south pole, a vortex of swirling gas appears in the atmosphere. This first became visible earlier in the year.

All of them were obtained by the Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera on May 16, 2012 and were taken at a distance of approximately 1.9 million miles (3 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 11 miles (18 kilometers) per pixel on Titan.

As I mentioned earlier, these photos depict how the objects would likely look if you were to see them with your own two eyes. All of which, were taken using red, green and blue spectral filters and were combined into the image you see here to create this natural color view of this beautiful moon, which is home to large reservoir of liquid methane and ethane.


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