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You won’t believe this image of Saturn was taken on a Galaxy S8

South African astrophotographer Grant Petersen snapped a picture of the most recent occulation of Saturn and the moon using nothing more than a Galaxy S8 and a basic 8-inch Dobsonian telescope from his home base in Johannesburg — and the result is fascinating to say the least, with the image showcasing the second-largest in the Solar System just before it slipped behind Luna at dawn.

To capture the image, Petersen recorded a 60-frame-per-second video of the occulation. He then processed the clip using stacking, which let him merge several of the video frames into a brighter, clearer picture. It’s the same basic construct the boffins at NASA use to photograph both major and minor astronomic events, like a comet or even the International Space Station zipping by.

Saturn is an astonishing 1.4 billion kilometres from Earth

What’s more impressive is the photo Petersen took accurately highlights how small Saturn is when viewed from Earth, when in actuality it’s the second-largest planet in the Solar System, sitting behind Jupiter. It looks smaller because it’s further away, and significantly further at that, with the moon measuring in at a total distance of 384,400 kilometres from Earth and Saturn at 1.4 billion kilometres.

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matrix-s3
matrix-s3

Hello All. Recently watched movie about the planets especially about Saturn, it is so large that all planets can be stopped inside Saturn twice from our entire solar system. Perhaps it is the explanation that it is visible in the background so clearly. Cheers.

locarno
locarno

This is fake. Saturn was probably added with Photoshop.

And why on first photo Saturn is closer to the moon than on second photo ?

petertheman21
petertheman21

Because the first photo is more zoomed in. Are u like blind or something

locarno
locarno

And zooming the photo changed the position of Saturn ?

mirrordemon92
mirrordemon92

‘To capture the image, Petersen recorded a 60-frame-per-second video of the occulation. He then processed the clip using stacking, which let him merge several of the video frames into a brighter, clearer picture.’ Either you don’t read or you don’t understand how this image was processed as what the quoted article explains.

m2geek
m2geek

You’re an idiot, delete your account.

locarno
locarno

You are noob. I don’t delete my account because I paid for premium.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

But did you know that you could fit all the planets in our solar system in the gap between the Moon and Earth. Its often underestimated just how far away the moon actually is from earth!

locarno
locarno

Show me photo.

Rexon112
Rexon112

Maybe you can calculate that for yourself. Just do a quick google and you will get the diameter of every planet. Just stop answering without thinking.

stanleyw3826
stanleyw3826

Another fake photo cheating using telephoto lens by Samsung

Biransahin
Biransahin

iSheep or Huawei fanboy? Or possibly Pixel nerd?? 😂

Rexon112
Rexon112

No, it’s a flat earther 🤣

SWIZZBEATZ
SWIZZBEATZ

The S8 makes great pictures. Imo better then the S9 and even S10. I owned the S8 and S9 plus.

Biransahin
Biransahin

This was through a telescope lens. The photo was a result of the telescopic lens, not the S8. The S8 and S9 were pretty similar but the S9 plus was still better. The S10 is far superior to the S8 and S9 in every possible way. Even the S10e has better cameras. My wife upgraded her S9 plus to S10 plus. I compared my Note9 to my Note8, and Note9 has a far better camera and the Note8 camera was better than S8, it actually got a higher DXO Mark score. Now I’m jealous as my wife’s S10 plus blows… Read more »

NicuPit
NicuPit

Nice one, specially with a Galaxy S8.

Biransahin
Biransahin

As he used a telescope I believe that this photo is genuine, unlike Huaweis fake moon pics!!! Lol. I couldn’t stop laughing when I read that. How did they expect to get away with superimposing a stored moon image on top of peoples photos and them not notice it?