Our wonderful neighborhood

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As regular readers know, I adore the Astronomy Picture of the Day site, and I have it as the homepage of my browser so I see every picture. This was yesterday’s, a shot taken from the Cassini spacecraft while in Saturn’s shadow, looking back towards the eclipsed sun and clearly showing the outermost E-ring, formed from ice-crystals that come from the newly discovered ice-fountains of one of Saturn’s moons.

See that pale dot to the left just above the very bright main rings? That’s Earth.

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5 replies

  1. Hey! I can see my house!
    Beautiful picture. There are so many amazing things in this universe, and aren’t we privileged to be in the generation that gets to see them first?

  2. I was going to put up a post on the image of the Mars Rover at the Victoria Crater but my blog seems to have disappeared so I’ll just sit here and watch Saturn.

  3. What a beautiful shot — thanks for posting this, TT. Gorgeous.

  4. My new wallpaper at work. (A frame from “Forbidden Planet” at home.)

  5. I’ve made it my wallpaper too, MF. I love the various images from Cassini – it’s hard to take a bad shot of those bling-rings.

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