Just a quick post to highlight the beautiful images of Saturn from Cassini.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft used Saturn itself to eclipse the light from the Sun and obtain some stunning mosaics of Saturn’s rings and moons, plus other planets including the Earth. The detail is exquisite – check out the shadow cast by Enceladus, the dark side of Mimas, and the blue dot we call home. I also noticed that staring at the rings for long enough produced an optical illusion that they were “flowing” out from Saturn. Maybe I was looking at it too long. All the released images, including higher res versions, and a detailed description of all the captured features of the system are available at the NASA JPL website.
Click the image to see the full (labelled) mosaic.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI