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On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, 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.
With the sun's powerful and potentially damaging rays eclipsed by Saturn itself, Cassini's onboard cameras were able to take advantage of this unique viewing geometry. They acquired a panoramic mosaic of the Saturn system that allows scientists to see details in the rings and throughout the system as they are backlit by the sun. This mosaic is special as it marks the third time our home planet was imaged from the outer solar system; the second time it was imaged by Cassini from Saturn's orbit; and the first time ever that inhabitants of Earth were made aware in advance that their photo would be taken from such a great distance.
With both Cassini's wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras aimed at Saturn, Cassini was able to capture 323 images in just over four hours. This final mosaic uses 141 of those wide-angle images. Images taken using the red, green and blue spectral filters of the wide-angle camera were combined and mosaicked together to create this natural-color view. A brightened version with contrast and color enhanced and an unannotated version are also available.
This image spans about 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across.
This photo is simply unreal I thought I should share. If you go to the link they have several photos of different resolutions they are pretty cool to look at for the detail it makes me wish I had a bigger monitor.
It IS unreal... looking. In a way. How come I can see the rings thru the body of the planet? It really looks like pretty computer graphics! This is an actual photo of Saturn?
Nasa release new picture of planet Saturn taken from the Cassini spacecraft
I simply refuse to believe this is genuine, along with many other
of the 'real' photographs NASA have treated us to.
Just say No.