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David Arditti

This has certainly long been John Roger’s view, that Cassini’s spot was not the current one. 19th Century drawings and early photographs show the GRS as a huge pale area at that time, unlike Cassini’s more concentrated dark spot. It seems likely Cassini was seeing a late stage of a contracting, darkening and accelerating spot, just as we are now seeing the similar late phase of the 19th C GRS.