Fri December 27, 2013
PHOTO: Saturn's Holiday Closeup
Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 10:00 am
Just before Christmas, NASA released a photo of Saturn that we can't resist posting.
"The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The characteristic hexagonal shape of Saturn's northern jet stream, somewhat yellow here, is visible. At the pole lies a Saturnian version of a high-speed hurricane, eye and all. ...
"This view was acquired at a distance of approximately 611,000 miles (984,000 kilometers) from Saturn."
There's also a pretty impressive image of "Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea [which] appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene."
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