The Brilliance of Cassini at Saturn

August 20, 2021

Want to see some of the best art in the Universe? Look no further than Cassini, which orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

The above image is a real colour photo made with red, green, and blue filters and taken from 1.4 million kilometers away.

You can see Saturn's bizarre hexagonal-shaped storm at the north pole, along with the planet's brilliantly sharp ring shadow.

This is another red-green-blue natural colour composite: Saturn's ring system, side on, with moons Mimas, Janus and Tethys.

This gives a scale for just how sharp those rings are; despite stretching 270,000 kilometres out, they average just 10 metres thick.

There's a lot more of Saturn to see in the video below, so enjoy the show of Cassini 🪐

Sources and further reading:

The Day the Earth Smiled at NASA

Cassini Overview at NASA

Image Credit:

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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