Tuesday, October 21, 2008
An incredibly sexy photo of Saturn. One of the best things about my job is seeing the most extraordinary imagery available of the heavens. It can get easy to take them for granted, then one like this comes along. A year ago I would never have described an image from space as sexy- the fact that I did it today without thinking twice makes we wonder- has my nerd makeover been completed?
Edit of caption released with image:
Here is a view from the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn's innermost rings, whose own shadows adorn the planet beyond.
This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 35 degrees below the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 21, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 620,000 kilometers (385,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 67 kilometers (42 miles) per pixel.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute