Morning star of Saturn: Cassini views Venus


13 Responses to “Morning star of Saturn: Cassini views Venus”

  1. NelC says:

    Venus is more like Earth’s evil twin.

  2. Wow that is beautiful. I would hang this on my wall if there were any wallspace left!

  3. euansmith says:

    Science > cool

  4. wastrel says:

    Venus is the upper white dot.

  5. Paul Renault says:

    I love photograhs of ‘everyday’ objects where they look almost unrecognizable.  Shapes, curves, lighting…

  6. Christopher says:

    I’ve tried to read the full description as carefully as possible, but I still feel certain I’m missing something, or maybe just inspiring yet another Great Moment In Pedantry.

    I see two bright objects: one closer to the top of the picture, the other lower down and slightly farther from the bright ring. The imaging team’s description seems to clarify that Venus is the upper bright object. As lovely and fascinating as Venus is I’m curious to know what the other object–I assume it’s a star–is, since it’s of roughly equal size and brightness.

    • Ryan_T_H says:

      Since it’s in the ‘rings’ part of the shot, there’s a pretty good chance the lower bright spot is one of Saturn’s moons.

    • s2redux says:

      From the first paragraph of the full description: “Lower down, Saturn’s E ring makes an appearance, looking blue thanks to the scattering properties of the dust that comprises the ring. A bright spot near the E ring is a distant star.”

  7. chgoliz says:

    This photo made me think of the lovely little game app Circadia .

  8. Scratcheee says:

    Good morning, new wallpaper.

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