Yes, This is An ACTUAL Photograph Of Saturn

September 7, 2011


Note: Full res-version HERE because your desktop is itching for a new background. Ooooooooooor has porn fleas.

This is AN ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH of Saturn taken from the Cassini spacecraft that's been orbiting the gas giant for the last seven years. Hard to believe, I know, but I just called NASA and they verified its authenticity. Granted they hung up on me when I started probing(!) about the aliens that live on the dark side of the moon, so it's hard to say for sure.

The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted in giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours in 2006 and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn, slightly scattering sunlight, in this exaggerated color image. Saturn's rings light up so much that new rings were discovered, although they are hard to see in the image. Seen in spectacular detail, however, is Saturn's E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus and the outermost ring visible above. Far in the distance, at the left, just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.

Still hard to believe it's real, isn't it? Hey, I'm right here with you. I mean, in spirit. And let me tell you: even in spirit your B.O. is kickin', son! It's called deodorant bro, it comes in sticks and sprays. "What about roll-on?" Okay now roll-on is only for the ladies.

Astronomy Picture of the Day, In the Shadow of Saturn [nasa]

Thanks to bb, who claims she's roller-skated around Saturn's rings like a ladybug around a shirt button. OMG THE IMAGERY!

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