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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:57 AM

Called 'the most beautiful photograph ever taken'

This image got tagged in the press as the most beautiful photo ever when it was released in 2006. I don't know about that, but it may be the trippiest! Either way, it's something special. Photo taken by the Cassini probe from 'behind' Saturn, with Saturn blocking the sun.



(If you look on the left side, just inside the ring second furthest from saturn, there are two faint reddish lines. Between those lines there is a tiny dot just touching the ring. That's Earth.)


I have a prefernece for "shadow on the rings" pictures, but when we consider that the Cassini photo could only be taken from outside Saturn's orbit... it's impressive.

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Reply Called 'the most beautiful photograph ever taken' (Original post)
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 OP
Brickbat Feb 2013 #1
Xithras Feb 2013 #7
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #27
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #8
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 #10
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #12
bigwillq Feb 2013 #2
NWmomma Feb 2013 #3
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #4
napkinz Feb 2013 #31
Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 #34
Rex Feb 2013 #5
Common Sense Party Feb 2013 #11
Rex Feb 2013 #15
kentauros Feb 2013 #6
1monster Feb 2013 #28
kentauros Feb 2013 #32
1monster Feb 2013 #37
kentauros Feb 2013 #38
ismnotwasm Feb 2013 #9
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #13
tridim Feb 2013 #14
Robb Feb 2013 #16
Trailrider1951 Feb 2013 #36
kentauros Feb 2013 #39
workinclasszero Feb 2013 #17
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #18
Hekate Feb 2013 #20
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #22
SeattleVet Feb 2013 #23
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #19
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #26
hootinholler Feb 2013 #21
PotatoChip Feb 2013 #24
napkinz Feb 2013 #25
William769 Feb 2013 #29
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #30
Sadiedog Feb 2013 #35
derby378 Feb 2013 #33
REP Feb 2013 #40

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:59 AM

1. Is there a link to a bigger photo?

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:04 PM

7. Here's a link to the original NASA page with info on the photo

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08329

As you'll see, the photo has been digitally enhanced a bit.

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Response to Xithras (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:34 PM

27. Hey thanks!

I now have a new desk top background!

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:00 PM

2. It's nice.

Not sure about most beautiful ever.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:03 PM

4. I think I also see Mork from Ork passing by in his egg

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:03 PM

31. didn't Mork get pregnant in an episode and have a baby played

by Jonathan Winters?

I wonder how the right-wing nuts reacted to that episode.

(I remember when Dan Quayle launched into a tirade over Murphy Brown having a baby out of wedlock.)









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Response to napkinz (Reply #31)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:08 PM

34. yes, Mork's people are born old and grow younger.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:03 PM

5. Pretty for a big ball of gas.

nt.

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Response to Rex (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:07 PM

11. That's what people say about me. n/t

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Response to Common Sense Party (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:19 PM

15. I was thinking of Rushbo

And how some big balls of gas are ugly and mean.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:04 PM

6. That depends on taste.

It is a beautiful image. However, I prefer images with some terrestrial life in them, such as this one:



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Response to kentauros (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:35 PM

28. Funny... I had just changed my wallpaper to this image about fifteen minutes before

seeing your post. GMTA

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Response to 1monster (Reply #28)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:04 PM

32. I recently changed my work-wallpaper to that image

from another nighttime image of a geyser and aurora

It's so nice to get away from all the light-pollution and see the Milky Way, although I've never seen it in that kind of splendor and color!

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Response to kentauros (Reply #32)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:17 PM

37. When I was a kid, we lived way out in farm country. The nearest neighbors were

nearly a mile away. There were billions and billions of stars visable in the night sky. The most my son has ever seen is somewhere around fifty. We can see Orion's Belt, Venus, Mars, sometimes Jupiter, and on occasion I can pick out Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, along with a few other stars I don't know.

And the moon was so bright that more often than I should have, I read by the light of the moon late at night after bed time... (Perhaps that's why, out of all my family, I'm the only one who is near-sighted?)

Someday, I'm going to take my son somewhere that he can see the glory of the heavens, 'cause since he's never experience it, he has no idea.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #37)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:18 PM

38. See if there are any astronomy clubs in your area.

Sometimes they go on "excursions" usually to state parks where they've got some open sky away from the city

My parents live out in the country west of Austin, and I know what you're talking about with seeing the whole sky or how bright the moon can be. I've taken some good nighttime photos that way.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:05 PM

9. It's has a perfection to it

I don't know much about photography, but it is certainly beautiful

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:07 PM

13. That is an amazing shot.

Thanks to the amazing folks at JPL.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:17 PM

14. I like Saturn from the top too..

It's my favorite unexplained hexagon in the solar system.

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Response to tridim (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:23 PM

16. Nature loves hexagons!

Cool.

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Response to tridim (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:00 PM

36. Could be due to ice crystals, maybe

Water crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system....
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/


Methane is abundant in gas giants, and although it crystallizes in the isometric or cubic crystal system, may under some conditions, exhibit a pseudo-hexagonal face or two.....
http://www.google.com/search?q=methane+crystal+structure&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4KkRUZmtE4beqAHip4HQAw&ved=0CEoQsAQ&biw=1134&bih=554

jus' speculatin...

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Response to tridim (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:20 PM

39. Are you sure that's not from

CakeWrecks.com?

Yes, I've seen that photo of Saturn, too. But still, it does look like a frosting failure

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:25 PM

17. Thats nice but I like Ansel Adams pics better nt

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:26 PM

18. Those are both beautiful, however my favorite has always been "Earthrise".

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:13 PM

20. Home, sweet home

No borders, no boundaries....

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:27 PM

22. My favorite space photo too

It says soooo much

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:33 PM

23. I bought that as a wall mural several years ago

and I'll soon be putting it on the back wall of the garage, so when you drive in it looks like you're going across the moonscape.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:01 PM

19. Hey! I can see my house. Whose dog is that crapping on my lawn?

Must be Pluto.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:54 PM

26. Maybe it's mine! I have her well trained!

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:23 PM

21. Damn did Colbert use the pac money to set up the second pic? n/t

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:45 PM

24. I likey!

Makes for a very slick- looking desktop wallpaper background thingy too.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:46 PM

25. if you're a Rethug, this is the most beautiful photograph ever taken ...











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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:09 PM

29. Recommended.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:12 PM

30. Got that beat by a million light years

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #30)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:34 PM

35. Wonderful!

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:06 PM

33. Awww, I think I'm gonna cry now...

That is so beautiful. Humanity is so lucky that we have the collective brainpower to lauch a probe into space to capture that image for us.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:34 PM

40. Thanks for the images and links

Simply amazing.

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