Saturn looks mighty fine in infrared

You might say it's glowing, actually.

This is the ringed planet as it appeared Tuesday morning through the eyes of the Keck Observatory's infrared sensors. Perched high atop the summit of Hawai'i's Mauna Kea, Keck's two, ten-meter optical/infrared telescopes are the largest on Earth – perfect for picking up on the IR waves reflected off Saturn's rings.


According to planetary scientist James O' Donoghue, who first posted the image, the north of the planet is located at the top of the image, and appears to be missing because it reflects far less sunlight than the planet's bands.

Below: the image as it originally appeared on Twitter. Is it just me, or is it far more difficult to discern what this is a picture of when it's rotated 90 degrees?

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