See NASA's Stunning Photo Of Saturn — With Earth in Sight

Source: NASA
Source: NASA

NASA has just released a beautiful composite photo of Saturn with all its rings. Taken by the Cassini spacecraft on July 19, the photograph was the result of a rare celestial arrangement which allowed the probe to capture the Sun, the Earth, and Saturn all in the same image.

It is a breathtaking encapsulation of natural wonder, made all the more mind-bending by its extraordinary circumstance.

Aware of the impending photo op, astronomer Dr. Carolyn Porco put together a project to coincide with the same time frame as the photo. She asked that people across the globe gather with friends and family to "contemplate the utter isolation of our world in the never-ending blackness of space, relish its lush, life-sustaining beauty, appreciate the rarity it is among the Sun's planets, and marvel at your own existence and that of all life on planet Earth."

The key is below:


Thousands of people participated in the event, called The Day the Earth Smiled. As Cassini captured the remarkable moment, people across the world stood in awe of the majesty of space. The result is an astounding image of a inspiring story.

Click the image below for a high-resolution version:



NASA has managed to capture the silent beauty of the universe, and with it, our small role in observing and being awed by the unending cosmos.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Caitlin Bancroft

is an abortion rights activist. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Louis University and is pursuing her J.D. at The George Washington University Law School. When she's not yelling at her textbooks, she likes to swim and take part in the capital’s vibrant feminist scene. You can share her never-ceasing pro-choice outrage on libertytochoose.tumblr.com.

MORE FROM

Twitter was flagging tweets including the word "queer" as potentially "offensive content"

Why Twitter put the word "queer" in the same category as violent, sexual imagery.

How Mark Zuckerberg wants to transform society through Facebook Groups

Facebook has a new mission.

California is making so much solar energy the rest of the country looks like a joke

They're literally paying other states to take their solar power.

This summer, Americans will get the rare chance to see a total solar eclipse

Anyone in the continental U.S. should mark their calendars.

This hilarious 'Floor is lava' meme is way too real for every single millennial

When you were a kid, the floor was just lava. Now it's way more complicated.

The new iOS 11 beta is out and Apple has changed your iPhone's message effects again

A new iOS 11 beta is out and iMessage has a new trick.

Twitter was flagging tweets including the word "queer" as potentially "offensive content"

Why Twitter put the word "queer" in the same category as violent, sexual imagery.

How Mark Zuckerberg wants to transform society through Facebook Groups

Facebook has a new mission.

California is making so much solar energy the rest of the country looks like a joke

They're literally paying other states to take their solar power.

This summer, Americans will get the rare chance to see a total solar eclipse

Anyone in the continental U.S. should mark their calendars.

This hilarious 'Floor is lava' meme is way too real for every single millennial

When you were a kid, the floor was just lava. Now it's way more complicated.

The new iOS 11 beta is out and Apple has changed your iPhone's message effects again

A new iOS 11 beta is out and iMessage has a new trick.