Earth captured from millions of miles away beneath the rings of Saturn

Stunning stuff. Just stunning.

How does it feel when you watch documentaries and films that show us all manner of computer generated animations ? What if you could see the "real" versions of those images of the Earth from deep space. Yes NASA, not too long ago, released a photo that gives us a stunning view of our planet from the vantage point of one of the most visually interesting planets in our solar system: Saturn.

The image shows Earth as a tiny spec of light 900 million miles away, Earth - a bright blue dot just under Saturn’s mammoth yellow-brown rings.

Light emitted from Earth to reach the point where this photo was taken would take over an hour and a half, whereas the light from the sun takes an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach us.

Commenting on the fantastic imagery, Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker said:
"We can't see individual continents or people in this portrait of Earth, but this pale blue dot is a succinct summary of who we were on July 19. Cassini's picture reminds us how tiny our home planet is in the vastness of space, and also testifies to the ingenuity of the citizens of this tiny planet to send a robotic spacecraft so far away from home to study Saturn and take a look-back photo of Earth."


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