NASA's Cassini orbiter snapped a stunning picture of Saturn that literally runs rings around all other pictures of the planet. This type of up close photo of the planet has never before been seen.
Cassini snapped the picture from the dark side of Saturn, and the sun's rays are shining through the planet's ring for a shockingly lovely effect during the eclipse. The cost of Cassini's mission is $3.26 billion, but isn't it amazing that the orbiter has been able to send such amazing details about the ringed planet, which lies 800 million miles away from Earth?
One of the interesting things about the Saturn eclipse photo is that when the picture is zoomed in on, Earth is actually seen to the left of the planet. What a neat thing to see in this unbelievable picture.
Cassini gathered a wealth of information about the lovely planet, and its mission will not end until 2017, which means there could be many more discoveries to be made. Currently the NASA orbiter has already revealed seven additional moons and new rings around the planet. This picture is a must-see. Isn't it wonderful to live in a world with so much beauty in reach?
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While this is not, strictly speaking, a religious article, it does inspire awe in us, and brings to mind one of my favorite quotes:
1:0.2 The myriads of planetary systems were all made to be eventually inhabited by many different types of intelligent creatures, beings who could know God, receive the divine affection, and love him in return. The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. “God created the heavens and formed the earth; he established the universe and created this world not in vain; he formed it to be inhabited.”
Even though this planet is not inhabited, it is part of our planetary system - home to Urantia...