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while we’re all having fun down here…

November 25, 2007

Someone has been taking some pretty sweet photos. This one comes from the Bad Astronomy Blog, where Mr. Phil Plait discusses the top astronomy photos of 2006. The Cassini probe was hanging around Saturn when it snapped this one. It’s a beautiful image. Mr. Plait makes it pretty clear that a lot of elements of this photo make it number one (at least in his book…okay, its just damn cool). Take a look for yourself.

saturn

Now, if you look really close, somewhere around 10 o’clock, just outside the main collection of rings and inside what looks like an aura around the same rings, you’ll see a small dot. Look close. Closer. Still can’t see it? Mr. Plait offers this image as well:

earth_from_saturn.jpg

Is that better? I hope so.

See the dot now? Yeah, that’s Earth! Earth! Yeah, the rock you’re sitting/standing/laying down on. How awesome is this?! One photograph from the opposite side of Saturn, capturing not only the light reflecting through the atmosphere of the planet, but also a very small, maybe even pixel-sized, snap of Little Blue. Wow.

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3 comments

  1. That is cool. I think it’s good, every once in a while, to be reminded of how small we really are…

    Are you feeling better? I sure hope so!


  2. Wow, and I thought I felt insignificant even before I looked at that photo! HAHA.


  3. That is amazing!



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