Amazing new picture of Saturn

Published November 13, 2013

  • Saturn with Earth.jpg

    July 19, 2013: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn’s shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings — and, in the background, our home planet, Earth. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

This is what it would look like to gaze upon Saturn.

NASA on Tuesday released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars all are visible. The panoramic photo from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft depicts the sixth planet from the sun as it would appear to human eyes — as though you were strolling by and your gaze happened to fall upon another planet.

‘Cassini has delivered to us a universe of marvels.’

– Carolyn Porco, Cassini’s imaging team lead

The spacecraft’s imaging team processed 141 wide-angle images to create the panorama. It sweeps 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner ring system, including all of Saturn’s rings out to the E ring, which is Saturn’s second outermost ring. For perspective, the distance between Earth and our moon would fit comfortably in………..

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The blog of a retired Anglican priest (MSJ), his musings, journey, humor, wonderment, and comments on today's scene.
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