Saturn and a Pale Blue Dot

December 25, 2009

This seemed like the most picturesque way of starting off the blog:

It was taken by NASA’s Cassini probe in 2006, and is actually composed of 165 images. Cassini drifted into Saturn’s shadow for only 12 hours, during which these images were taken. The small fuzzy dot to the left, just beyond Saturn’s main rings (that looks rather like a dead pixel or star) is the Earth, in all its isolated glory. Click on the image to go to the Cassini mission’s website, which contains larger versions of the image, as well as more background information, etc.