Brilliant Saturn Photo!

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    Nice!
     
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    Looks like a painting.

    Very beautiful.
     
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    Amazing...Learning about our galaxy and universe should get more money then fighting worthless wars. We're better for the gain in knowledge and the betterment of doing it.

    I'm serious, I'd support getting totally out of the middle east and the rest of the world to fund a space program that would advance us to where we supposed to be today...
     
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    Getting planets to pose like that takes patience...
     
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    Whoa, Sallow. I followed your link to the source--NASA's APOD, which I used to view daily. I watched the Casini probe for months on end for the last couple of years, then got busy doing other things. Thanks for sharing the most fabulous shot of Casini yet. Here's the shot according to the NASA APOD:

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    photo credits and links to APOD Archives (a must see)
    Explanation: In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. 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.


    Thanks for sharing, Mr. Sallow.
     
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    That is an awesome picture.
     
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    Tell me, BBD. I've seen literally hundreds of Cassini shots of Saturn, but not one of them was as pretty as Mr. Sallow's link. I can't believe how I missed that particular one. :rolleyes:
     
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    Bweaftaking. Twoowy bweaftaking.
     
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    Thank You, Barbara.
     
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