Outer space is filled with things that the human mind has difficulty comprehending. The scale of objects that are in our solar system is absolutely awe inspiring. The thought of life on distant planets, or finding another suitable home for human kind to colonize, has been the dream of the many people who have studied space. NASA has been at the forefront of that mission ever since it was created on July 29, 1958. We have sent countless satellites into space to study every kind of scientific measurement possible. Scientists continually find out things about space that completely throw off theories that have been held for years as scientific fact. With all the news that NASA’s New Horizon Probe has been getting for sending back our first detailed photos of Pluto, The Cassini Space Probe has been sending gorgeous pictures of Saturn for over a decade since it arrived in its orbit in 2004. Check out these stunning pictures of Saturn that are sure to make you question your place in the universe.
1. Saturn casting a shadow on its rings. I love the contrast between the light and dark sides.
2. This image is absolutely amazing. This image shows Saturn’s rings cutting through one of its moons, Titan. Titan is sitting in the shadow of another moon named Enceladus. The reach of the rings is absolutely incredible.
3. This is stunning photo is of Saturn during an equinox. This means that the length of time of day and night are the exact same. Complete and utter blackness on one side, scary.
4. These are four moons of Saturn around its rings in one photograph. Saturn has 31 moons altogether, the largest of which is named Titan.
5. Another shot of Saturn casting shadows on its rings. I love the overhead view that the space probe provided.
6. The scope and scale of this image are absolutely phenomenal. This picture shows Saturn at a horizontal vantage point with its rings extending upwards. Its moon Dione is pictured in the foreground. Imagine sitting on Dione and witnessing Saturn like this.
7. This photo is an overexposed shot of Saturn that was used to bring out detail in its rings. Hard to imagine those rings are floating rocks being held together in Saturn’s orbit.
8. See that tiny pale blue dot, that’s Earth. Feel small and insignificant yet?
9. This photo is actually 165 individual images taken over three hours, combined and color exaggerated to bring out more detail. They show Saturn passing in front of the Sun. The detail is absolutely incredible.
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