Cassini captures Saturn

Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

NASA’s Cassini orbiter captured this view of Saturn on June 15, from a distance of about 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers). The rings’ shadow runs across the planet’s sunlit side. The speck in the lower left corner is Enceladus, a 313-mile-wide (504-kilometer-wide) moon of Saturn.

Categories: Sci Tech

6 replies

  1. That is absolutely stunning. Awesome in the old-fashioned sense of the word.

  2. Very nice. I always wonder about the fidelity of the colors in such pictures. I know for example that some of the Mars Curiosity photographs were color enhanced or altered.

    • Hmm, I’ve seen a lot of color photos that have been adjusted one way or another. I suppose in a black and white shot, they might have increased the contrast and/or sharpness. Or this might have been a color photo originally. But I like to think this is exactly what Cassini saw.

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