And now for something completely different.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

This must be a candidate for "Coolest pic ever". At first glance it might be an artists rendition of a futuristic space scene, or perhaps a photoshopped image.

In fact, it is a picture taken by the Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn, and shows the moon Dione seeming to float above the edge-on ring system, while Saturn looms in the background. The banded lines at the top of the image are the shadows of the rings on the surface of Saturn.


Knucklehead said...

Nobody has commented yet and all I can say is that this is a fabulous photo - just fabulous. I'm gonna get a copy and hang it.

Intelligent Design? Probably not. But perhaps the hands of a simple, yet elegant, galactic potter.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

JoeC said...

It is a sweet thing. Real. Wow.

Another great site for astronomy pics is:

Otherwise known as Astronomy Picture of the Day. You might have it, too.

flenser said...


I should have included a link back to the original, which can be pretty large and suitable for framing.

Go here.

flenser said...


I don't know, Joe, you have some pretty captivating pictures on your own site.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Nice pic. Thanks.

terrye said...

It is just amazing isn't it? So perfect.