Glorious new view of Saturn from Cassini

Backlit view of Saturn as seen by Cassini. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back thousands of beautiful photographs of Saturn and its moons, but this latest one has to rank as one of the best. This view of Saturn, as it is backlit by the Sun, is magnificent, almost surreal looking. And it’s real. In the lower left, two of Saturn’s moons can also be seen as small dots; Enceladus is closest to the planet and Tethys is a bit farther out. Simply breathtaking…

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.

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