Daily Mail

Zagreb, Croatia-A breathtaking new view of Saturn, showcasing the planet’s rings, has been created by an amateur image processor.

Croatian computer programmer Gordan Ugarkovic assembled the image, looking down on the second largest planet in the Solar System, from 36 shots captured by the Cassini spacecraft on October 10.

Combining a dozen each of red, green and blue filter images the computer science graduate created the stunning mosaic. The amateur astrophotographer, who lists Zagreb as his location on his Flickr site, said on his profile: ‘I’m a guy who does programming for a living, have a degree in computer science, but in free time I like to fool around with image processing.

‘Currently my top choice of images to play with is the Cassini/Huygens missions to Saturn and Titan.’ ntroducing the images on his page, he added: ‘The images you see here are (more or less) calibrated images that were released to the Planetary Data System (PDS), they are not raw jpeg processed images that immediately appear on the mission website as they’re down linked from the spacecraft.  ‘I hope you find at least some of them interesting.’  Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society - the largest nonprofit organisation promoting the exploration of space - who spotted the images on Mr Ugarkovic’s Flickr stream, told NBC: ‘I try to be measured in my praise for spacecraft images.