Efrain Morales on NASA

Blogged by Xiao Sun on December 25, 2008 and tagged with Community, Sample Images, Saturn.

The Saturn image Efrain Morales sent us by the end of November was later used by NASA to illustrate how the ring of Saturn changes its angle throughout years.

In that article, the Science@NASA wrote:

All year long, the rings of Saturn have been tilting toward Earth and now they are almost perfectly edge-on. The opening angle is a paper-thin 0.8o. Viewed from the side, the normally wide and bright rings have become a shadowy line bisecting Saturn's two hemispheres-a scene of rare beauty.

Amateur astronomer Efrain Morales Rivera of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, has been monitoring Saturn and he created this composite image to show how the geometry has changed:


To read the complete article, visit http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/22dec_crazytilt.htm?list1089804.

Good Job Efrain!