Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 20, 2013

Father and Son
Father and Son

Credits: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Elisabetta Bonora and Marco Faccin/LXTT/IPF

This picture (obtained by superimposing 3 (three) Original NASA - Cassini Spacecraft b/w frames whose ID numbers are: W000837739, W000837747 and W000837748) has been additionally processed, contrast enhanced, magnified to aid visibility, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Natural Colors (such as the colors that a perfect human eye - or an Electronic Eye - would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Cassini Spacecraft and then looked outside, towards Saturn and Titan), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team. Different colors, as well as different shades of the same color, mean, among others, the existence of different Elements present in the Atmosphere of Saturn and Titan, each having a different Albedo (---> Reflectivity) and Chemical Composition.

Note: it is possible (but we, as IPF, have no way to be one-hundred-percent sure of such a circumstance), that the actual luminosity of Saturn and Titan - as it is in this image mosaic - would appear, to an average human eye, a little bit lower than it has been shown (or, better yet: interpreted) here.

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