Saturn and its rings, 16 May 2004.

Saturn and its rings, 16 May 2004.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft. Both Cassini and the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope snapped spectacular pictures of the planet and its magnificent rings. For the first time, astronomers can compare views of equal-sharpness of Saturn from two very different perspectives. When Cassini returned this image of Saturn, it was so close to the planet that the camera could not fit the whole planet in its field-of-view.

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