Saturn 2009

This animation shows Tethys much more clearly than in the images above. The two frames were taken 15 minutes apart.


Here is my best 2009 Saturn image so far. The reason is that the 'seeing' conditions were superb at the time and this makes all the difference. Saturn was as steady as a rock in the eyepiece. This image shows the shadow of the moon Rhea on the globe of Saturn. Rhea itself can be seen just to the left of the globe below the rings.


More images of Rhea and its shadow in transit. You can just see Rhea poking out from the edge of the globe in the second image.


Nice seeing conditions allowed this small storm to be captured just below the rings. There were no moon transits on the globe at the time.