Saturn Titan Rings and Haze

Saturn Rings Titan

Image Credit: NASAESAJPLSSICassini Imaging Team

Saturn, Titan, Rings, and Haze

This is not a solar eclipsePictured here is a busy vista of moons and rings taken at Saturn. The large circular object in the centre of the image is Titan, the largest moon of Saturn and one of the most intriguing objects in the entire Solar System. The dark spot in the centre is the main solid part of the moon. The bright surrounding ring is atmospheric haze above Titan, gas that is scattering sunlight to a camera operating onboard the robotic Cassini spacecraft. Cutting horizontally across the image are the rings of Saturn, seen nearly edge on. At the lower right of Titan is Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn. Since the image was taken pointing nearly at the Sun, the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn appear similar to a photographic negative. Now if you look really really closely at Enceladus, you can see a hint of icy jets shooting out toward the bottom of the image. It is these jets that inspired future proposals to land on Enceladus, burrow into the ice, and search for signs of extraterrestrial life.



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Saturn, Titan, Rings & Haze

RASNZ secretary required

Our next public meeting


To all affiliated societies

The Royal Astronomical Society of NZ (RASNZ) has a pressing need to fill the voluntary role of Executive Secretary.

Details of the role are –

Secretary for National Astronomical Society

The Royal New Zealand Astronomical Society (RASNZ) is seeking a suitable person to take on the voluntary role of Secretary. This is an important role within RASNZ. The new appointee will be a key member of RASNZ helping administer and make strategic decisions for RASNZ. No formal qualifications or prior experience in a similar role are necessary, and, this role does not preclude holders of positions in other astronomical societies. However, knowledge of RASNZ rules (,

history and operations is essential to performing the duties. Templates created by former holders of this position will be made available. This role can be undertaken entirely from the home office but attendance at the RASNZ Council’s AGM held once a year at the RASNZ annual conference is strongly encouraged.

The responsibilities of the Secretary include:

(i) Receive and send physical and electronic correspondence on behalf of the RASNZ, document it and draw appropriate people’s attention to the correspondence;

(ii) Compile the Council’s Annual Report and prepare it for approval by the Council in time for publication in the March issue of Southern Stars;

(iii) Maintain a record of meetings and motions, both physical and electronic;

(iv) Maintain a list of upcoming deadlines — such as award and grant application deadlines – and advise RASNZ Council members in good time of these;

(v) Send reminders to RASNZ Council members of matters outstanding;

(vi) Compile and supply information to RASNZ partner organisations or governmental agencies as required; and

(vii) Provide information to RASNZ Members arising from Council decisions.

This offers a great opportunity for someone to contribute to the nationwide support and promotion of astronomy, science education and related research.

Contact: Nick Rattenbury

President – RASNZ


On behalf of the RASNZ Council:

Peter Jaquiery (Affiliated Societies’ Representative)


Tauranga Astronomical Society’s next public meeting –

Tuesday 27th August

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.

Programme to be advised.


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Telescope viewing possible only with zero or minimum cloud cover.


Happy skies everyone.



Kevin Patmore



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