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Stunning Saturn Fly-by Created Using Actual High Resolution Photographs

You probably won’t believe this, but this fly-by video of Saturn wasn’t created with 3D computer graphics. Instead, it was created using thousands of high-resolution still photographs captured by the Cassini orbiter.

(via kottke.org)


 
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  • AJ

    that’s no moon. it’s a space station.

  • Truth

    wtf? liars.

  • Smal

    I call Bullshit

  • sharpie

    is this a joke?

  • Jon

    That was EXACTLY my reaction!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Lauri-Kulo/100000988715701 Eric Lauri Kulo

    Exactly what I was thinking. Why should we believe that these are photographs? It doesn’t look anything like photographs, only a bunch of 3D.

  • Ilker

    No way! If these are photographs how come is it that the gas circle around Saturn could be so thin like a 2d object while the orbiter is passing through it. You should have saved this post for two weeks more until April’s Fools day…

  • Paul

    and its funny how the light never changes BS

  • Jesper Revald

    Mu guess is to why the gas layer seems almost 2D like is the number of photos taken. Perhaps the orbiter only shoots a single image every 1000Km travelled. the sheer scale of the planets and the distance would still create a smooth film when the images were combined afterwards. According to google the gas rings are only 1.6 Km thick. If one image was taken above the rings, then the next could easily have been taken below the rings, which would make it look flat and 2D when combined in a fast moving series of images.

    Not saying that it is real, but I’d give it the benefit of the doubt.

  • Bob

    Looks fake to me. I call 3D rendering.

  • Anonymous

    This does seem bogus. It makes it appear as though one of our explorer crafts passed THROUGH Saturn’s rings, which I’m certain has never happened.

    However, if you watch the video through the end credits, which apparently no one but me does, they cleary state that these are “composite” images. So no 3D rendering, just (highly) edited real photos.

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Definitely looks fake. Funny how the orbiter flies right through the gas rings, which seem to be 2D to me. I don’t believe this is real.

  • br

    not really that impressive

  • cryptozoologist

    they must have filmed it at night ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I have seen a lot of these shots already, it is the real thing. Amazing how many folks that think these rings are gas or thick. All I can say is grab a scope and check it out yourselves.

  • http://twitter.com/Crestopher Brett

    The dust layer of saturn is very thin from what I understand. Maybe 5km on average. When you’re flying at hudreds of km per hour or second, it goes fast. Figure out the scale, Saturn is absolutely massive, and we fly by it pretty quickly.

  • StAnonymous

    I can believe that this is real. If it were actually 3D rendered, then it would look a whole hell of a lot better. It’s funny how 3D rendering in combination with compositing makes something look better then it would in real life. I could make a 3D rendering animation of the planet Earth that would probably look more ‘realistic’ then an actual recording of the Earth in rotation.

  • StAnonymous

    I can believe that this is real. If it were actually 3D rendered, then it would look a whole hell of a lot better. It’s funny how 3D rendering in combination with compositing makes something look better then it would in real life. I could make a 3D rendering animation of the planet Earth that would probably look more ‘realistic’ then an actual recording of the Earth in rotation.

  • Michael Ernst

    Funny how this topic has been addressed several times already. You sir, are a jackass for not reading the other comments before posting your bullshit.

  • Michael Ernst

    Funny how this topic has been addressed several times already. You sir, are a jackass for not reading the other comments before posting your bullshit.

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    I love how some jackass comes across as a right jackass while calling someone else a jackass. 

  • Span64

    These photos are indeed real. I’ve amassed a collection of them over the years from the Cassini website, and so can you. The stunning visual display here is only matched by the stunning display of ignorance in the comment section. ‘Gas ring?’ OMG people, learn a little about the composition and scale of what we’re seeing here before you embarrass yourselves.