There’s a Reason They Call Saturn the Sexy One [pic]

This image may appear as a skillful rendering in photoshop, and we take great pride in telling you that is NOT the case. This is an actual photograph of Saturn taken by Cassini Spacecraft which has been hanging around the best looking planet in the solar system. The image was taken by Cassini in 2006, when the probe was in the shadow of the planet and looked towards the eclipsed sun for about 12 hours.

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.

Via APOD, Geekologie

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