The Immensity of Saturn



This photograph of Saturn was taken by the Cassini spacecraft in December. The rings are completely horizontal, and appear as a razor-thin line in the middle. The shadows of those rings are evident on the planet. And that tiny little ball underneath the plane of the rings? That's Tethys, a moon of Saturn that is over a thousand kilometers wide. Yes, Saturn is immense, but it takes good pictures. Link

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That moon is only a little bit smaller than Earth's moon. Considering that our moon is about 1/4th the size of Earth in diameter, you can more or less imagine a planet next to the moon in this photo, but 5x larger, and you've got our Earth against the backdrop of Saturn. Pretty damn impressive!
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