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Selecting over 200,000 photos from Cassini–Huygens' eight years of image-taking, Fabio Di Donato animates Around Saturn to Jazz Suite No.2: VI. Waltz 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The Cassini program is an international cooperative effort involving NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), as well as several separate European academic and industrial contributors. The Cassini partnership represents an undertaking whose scope and cost would not likely be borne by any single nation, but is made possible through shared investment and participation. Through the mission, about 260 scientists from 17 countries hope to gain a better understanding of Saturn, its stunning rings, its magnetosphere, Titan and its other icy moons.

This is the third video made with Cassini imagery that has gone viral over the last few years — the others: Cassini Mission by Chris Abbas and Outer Space by Sander van den Berg. Perhaps that popularity reflects just how incredible it is to see these up close glimpses of the sixth planet from 900 million miles away.

Also, this, just in case the kids didn’t see it. 

via The Verge.

Brian Cox’s Favourite Wonder from Wonders of the Solar System:

Against the stunning backdrop of the glaciers of Alaska, Brian reveals his fourth Wonder. Saturn’s moon Titan is shrouded by a murky, thick atmosphere. He reveals that below the clouds lies a magical world. Titan is the only place beyond Earth where we’ve found liquid pooling on the surface in vast lakes, as big as the Caspian Sea, but the lakes of Titan are filled with a mysterious liquid, and are quite unlike anything on Earth.

I can’t be the only one obsessed with Saturn and its moons, right?

Related links: the Huygens Probe and the Matanuska Glacier

Saturn’s Mysterious Moons, as well as other phenomenal data about our gas giants and what’s in their orbits, all gathered from Voyager 1, Voyager 2 and Cassini. This video is eighteen-plus minutes of seriously fascinating information. 

The two Voyagers sent back tens of thousands of images… of planetary realms more diverse than anyone had imagined. These long-distance marathon flyers - both now headed out towards interstellar space - made discoveries about the planetary chemistry that make these gas giants appear to us as gigantic works of abstract art. 

The Voyagers disclosed new details about their magnetic fields, atmospheres, ring systems, and even the nature of their inner cores. Voyager turned up some surprising new mysteries too: a huge dark spot — a storm in fact - on Neptune. They found that Uranus is tipped 90 degrees to one side. That Saturn is less dense than water; if you had a bathtub big enough, Saturn would float!

And that you’d need the mass of three Saturns to make just one Jupiter! But what really knocked the scientists’ socks off were the moons that orbit these gas giants. All of them have been pummeled over the millennia by wayward asteroids and comets.

But a few appear to also be sculpted by forces below their icy surfaces…

via SpaceRip.

Using image sequences from NASA’s Cassini Solstice and Voyager missions, filmmaker Sander van den Berg has illuminated Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, moons, space and a bunch of other stuff.

The score is an instrumental version of That Home by The Cinematic Orchestra, which gives this footage a completely different feel than a video I saw late last year by filmmaker Chris Abbas when he put this same footage to Nine Inch Nails. Both videos are riveting, no? 

Thanks, @mamagotcha.

Dive deeper into the amazing images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, when it flew by Jupiter in 2000, with the team of scientists and amateur astronomers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center: 

New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet’s jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth’s atmosphere and influences the weather. 

I know the co-curator can’t help but take this sort of view for granted, but WOW: watching a jet stream on Jupiter! How amazing is that?! 

via @NASAJPL.