Saturn in 2011.

Observing Site: Selsey, West Sussex, UK. +5043' N, 0047" W

Opposition date: April 3rd, 2011. Apparent Opposition Diameter: 19.39". Declination:-150'. Constellation: Virgo.

Instrumentation: 356mm Reflector. PGR Flea3 CCD camera.

 

Saturn, June 9th, 2011. The last image of this apparition with the great storm still going strong.


Saturn, June 8th, 2011.


Saturn, June 2nd, 2011.


Saturn, May 25th, 2011.


Saturn, May 24th, 2011.


Saturn, May 20th, 2011.


Saturn, May 19th, 2011.


Saturn, May 10th, 2011.


Saturn, May 3rd, 2011.


Saturn, April 27th, 2011. The head of the great storm is nicely on view in this image obtained under fair conditions.


Saturn, April 24th, 2011. Under fair seeing conditions. The stormy North Tropical Zone is apparent with a large diffuse dark spot present.


Saturn, April 22nd, 2011. Under rather poor seeing conditions. The stormy North Tropical Zone is apparent.


Saturn, April 19th, 2011. Under excellent conditions. Lots of turbulent activity associated with the storm. Some faint spoke features visible in Ring B.


Saturn, April 17th, 2011. Good conditions. Stormy North Tropical Zone is nicely visible.


Saturn, April 8th, 2011. Having now passed opposition the rings still appear brightened. Stormy activity is well seen again.


Saturn, April 3rd, 2011. The Planet very close to opposition with the rings having brightened noticeably due to the Seeliger Effect.


Saturn, March 28th, 2011. Excellent conditions on this night. The brilliant head of the storm and trailing turbulence are well seen.


Saturn, March 27th, 2011. More stormy activity. Note the large dark spot visible within the turbulent zone.


Saturn, March 26th, 2011. Storm activity is again apparent. Spokes visible rotating in the B-ring can be seen in the animation at right.


Saturn, March 22nd, 2011. Excellent conditions. Turbulence in the stormy belt is very apparent.


Saturn, March 21st, 2011. The head of the great storm is nicely seen in this image.


Saturn, March 8th, 2011. The great storm is nicely seen. In the animation note the spoke feature rotating in the rings on the right (morning) Ansa.


Saturn, February 27th, 2011. Poor seeing. This IR band image shows the stormy Northern Temperate region.


Saturn, December 26th, 2010. Very poor seeing. The giant storm in the North Temperate region is very prominent.

 

 


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