A dark Saturn and rings, photographed by Cassini, 11 January 2014.

A dark Saturn and rings, photographed by Cassini, 11 January 2014.

Wonderfully smooth wagon-wheel effect from Saturn’s polar hexagon.  Photographed by Cassini, 22 March 2014.

Wonderfully smooth wagon-wheel effect from Saturn’s polar hexagon.  Photographed by Cassini, 22 March 2014.

Saturn’s polar hexagon (some edges of which are just visible) and the vortex at the pole.  Photographed by Cassini, 31 March 2014.
Cassini’s been orbiting a long way off the ring plane lately, which for the most part doesn’t generate many gif-able sequences, but does give us lots of views of the hexagon.  I had originally planned to have new posts every fortnight or so (ha!); perhaps one a month from here on is more realistic.

Saturn’s polar hexagon (some edges of which are just visible) and the vortex at the pole.  Photographed by Cassini, 31 March 2014.

Cassini’s been orbiting a long way off the ring plane lately, which for the most part doesn’t generate many gif-able sequences, but does give us lots of views of the hexagon.  I had originally planned to have new posts every fortnight or so (ha!); perhaps one a month from here on is more realistic.

ageofdestruction:

close watch: Clouds and their shadows on Mars, photographed 5 times by Mars Express, 12th September 2010.
At 38°S, 27°E, on the northeast plains of Noachis Terra. This gif covers about one minute of real time. For scale, the larger crater is 35km across; I particularly like the little puffball of cloud that moves across it.
The contrast of landscape flickers slightly because the images are taken sequentially through different filters, intended to be combined into a single colour image.
Image credit: ESA. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

ageofdestruction:

close watch: Clouds and their shadows on Mars, photographed 5 times by Mars Express, 12th September 2010.

At 38°S, 27°E, on the northeast plains of Noachis Terra. This gif covers about one minute of real time. For scale, the larger crater is 35km across; I particularly like the little puffball of cloud that moves across it.

The contrast of landscape flickers slightly because the images are taken sequentially through different filters, intended to be combined into a single colour image.

Image credit: ESA. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

Saturn, photographed by Cassini, 12 August 2013.

Saturn, photographed by Cassini, 12 August 2013.