Saturn: jewel of the solar system, taker of breaths, ringed beauty. Even veteran astronomers can't help but gasp when they see her through a small telescope.
Red Alert: Saturn's rings are vanishing.
Around the world, amateur astronomers have noticed the change; Saturn's wide open rings are rapidly narrowing into a thin line. Efrain Morales Rivera sends these pictures taken through a backyard telescope in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The article was accompanied by the following image, which was captured using a DMK 21AF04 FireWire camera:
Last week, I was in contact with Efrain Morales, who sent me the remainder of the image (click for full size version):
His hardware was as follows:
Meade LX2000GPS, 10″ OTA. Celestron CGE, DMK 21AF04 CCD camera, TeleVue 3x Barlows, Baarder UV/IR fiter, Astronomik LRGB filter set.
We congratulate Efrain Morales for having his work published by SCIENCE@NASA and thank him for sharing his images with the rest of the astronomy cameras community.