Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Saturn, the Sun and Earth

This magnificent photo from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn shows a view looking back at the planet with the Sun emerging at the bottom. The Earth is visible just left of the bright rings (in the large image). This view is possible because the Cassini spacecraft is protected from the full glare of the Sun.Click on the photo for the full size image. (And make sure your browser is showing 100%) It's worth it.

From the NASA site: "Interior to the G ring and above the brighter main rings is the pale dot of Earth." A full explanation is here.

1 comment:

Sam W Sade said...

Thanks for keeping 2006 archive live--I grabbed your saturn pic then but did not have machine or screen for the full res. Now I do, and have your capture -- it seems better than the one NASA still shows, but maybe that is a software difference at my end. The date on your post:
wed 18 October 2006 at 6:23 pm. Title Saturn, the Sun and Earth.