The Earth from Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken an image of the Earth, through the rings of Saturn. I don’t think I really need to say anything more.

Credit: NASA/Cassini

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10 Responses to The Earth from Saturn

  1. Greg Robie says:

    It gave me cause to me pause. An interesting use of Photoshop! The rest of the universe blacked out so we can see ourselves from an alien perspective … as small but important!

    …. Or, good grief! 8|

    sNAILmALEnotHAIL …but pace’n myself



  2. If you look carefully at the image, Greg, you’ll see that all the starts are there (you might need to enlarge the image, or clean the dust off your monitor) . But of course, as Saturn is very bright when seen against the stars from Earth, so the Earth is also very bright when seen against the stars from Saturn. Perhaps even more so, due to the Earth’s proximity to our Sun.

    And also, remember, cameras don’t have the ability to resolve the same variation in brightness as the human eye.

  3. Starts? Ah yes; I hit ‘r’ and ‘t’ on the keyboard at the same time.

  4. Ed Davies says:

    I like the slightly brighter version which shows the Moon as well.

  5. Joshua says:

    Ed, Linky?

  6. so beautiful from that vantage point

  7. Magma says:

    At this time, viewed from Saturn Earth would appear as a ~25% illuminated crescent with an diameter of 1.75″ and an apparent magnitude of 3.8. To the human eye Earth might exhibit interesting fluctuations in brightness and color, from blue-white to white with a greenish-brownish cast, though binoculars might be needed due to its relatively low magnitude. The Moon would have a maximum angular separation of 1′ from Earth and a maximum apparent magnitude of 8.6.

    Another interesting fact is that because of its closer proximity to the Sun and its higher albedo, Venus’s peak brightness as seen from Saturn will be more than four times greater than that of the Earth.

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