stopping to smell the cosmic flowers

Back in July I got all excited about a photo taken by Cassini, of Earth and its moon, while the sun was eclipsed behind Saturn. It was part of a bigger project to assemble a mosaic similar to one done in 2006 when Cassini was in position to witness a similar eclipse.

On Tuesday the Cassini Imaging Team released their latest collage of the solar system. In a single final product, the result of assembling components from 141 high resolution wide angle images snapped in succession, it is possible to discern seven of Saturn’s moons, Venus, Mars, Earth, and our moon.

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Click on the image for a high resolution annotated view!
credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

The official reason for expending the resources needed to process this image: “beauty”.

I think it was worth it.

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