Saturn And Its Rings Look Surreal in a New NASA Photo

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 8:52PM
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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 8:52PM
Saturn And Its Rings Look Surreal in a New NASA Photo
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While it's always cool to see a detailed photograph of planets like Saturn, sometimes our space probes are capable of more artsy shots too.

As is the case with the latest Cassini photo that NASA finally released after the Cassini space probe burned up in Saturn's atmosphere last autumn. Unlike its other photos, this one caught the sun's glare while it was photographing Saturn and its rings, with resulting lens flare giving the photo an ethereal quality.

See it below:




What's most interesting is that if you were to actually visit Saturn inside a spacecraft, this is likely how your view would look behind the thick window panes if you caught the sun's light at just the right angle. While such missions won't occur until long into the future, and will depend on whether we've deemed Saturn's moons Titan or Enceladus worthy of settling on, you can think of this photo as a sneak peak for what future astronauts may see one day. 

Cassini was about 491,200 miles (790,500 kilometers) away from Saturn's surface when it took this photo, and used red, green, and blue spectral filters to best show the planet (and the light effects) in its natural color. NASA only just released the photo to the public, but it was taken back in 2013, long before its destruction somewhere in that amazing view.



Long after its mission ended, Cassini still has a huge library of photos to sort through, and neat looking images of Saturn and its rings and/or moons are thankfully becoming rather common.
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