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Saturn

  1. Have You Seen the Most Recent Saturn Images From Cassini Yet? Because They Are Splendid

    I can't decide between a Beyoncé joke or a Sailor Moon one right now.

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been zooming around taking raw images of Saturn for the past ten years. Though sometimes blurry and usually in black-and-white, these pictures are also some of the closest and most compelling images of the ringed planet that humanity has ever witnessed. Like, geez. Can you even imagine this is a real thing that actually exists in the universe? Because I cannot wrap my brain around it.

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  2. What Would Saturn Look Like If It Passed Into Earth’s Orbit? (Answer: Pretty Dang Awesome)

    "S'up, Earth? Uranus and Neptune say hello."

    Imagine that gravitational forces were completely irrelevant and Saturn just decided to pop by for a visit en route to the Sun. I don't know; maybe it wanted to go on a playdate with the Moon or something. I heard they're pretty tight. Anyway, this video is pretty mathematically accurate to what that encounter would look like.

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  3. Saturn Is Going To Look Better Than It Has In Seven Years Tonight, See It IRL Or Online

    Because why watch the night sky when you can watch it on the internet?

    Saturn's looking good and wants everyone to know about it (show off). The planet is going to be at its brightest all year tonight, so you might want to step outside and take a peek. But don't worry if you can't make it to the great outdoors - you can see her ringiness live on the internet, too (saucy).

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  4. Have All of Your Saturn Questions Answered Today on NASA’s Cassini Mission Live Google Hangout [Updated]

    Talk to NASA about space. Have all of your dreams fulfilled.

    NASA will hold a live Google Hangout today to presumably talk about how great the pictures from Cassini have been (as well as some science stuff, probably) and where it's going in the future. If you like amazing space pictures as much as we do, watch the hour-long live chat with NASA scientists at 3:30PM EST.

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  5. One Million Space Photos Animated in the Movie In Saturn’s Rings, Our Jaws Drop [Video]

    We suddenly feel very small.

    The film In Saturn's Rings takes over a million photographs from Cassini, Hubble, Voyager and more and turns them into an incredible animated ride through the universe. Sure, you've flown through pretend space plenty of times in movies, but when you watch this and realize that what you're seeing is real, it's spectacular.

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  6. Look, the Cassini Spacecraft Brought Us Another Giant Picture of Saturn!

    Wasn't that nice of it?

    Remember those pictures of Saturn's eclipse that the Cassini spacecraft took back in July of this year? They've been combining all the different images into several gorgeous mosaics that are so pristine they look computer-animated. This one, which was just released today, shows us the dark side of Saturn as it's never been seen before.

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  7. NASA’s New Picture of Saturn from the Cassini Spacecraft is Incredible

    We can't stop looking at it. Space is amazing.

    In "you won't believe it's real" news, NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us an image of Saturn that looks like really convincing computer graphics. Amazingly, it's a real image of the planet brought to us by the Cassini spacecraft that is now orbiting Saturn.

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  8. Are You in NASA’s Composite of Earthlings Waving to Saturn?

    Please tell me one of these pictures is of Waldo.

    On July 19th the Cassini spacecraft pointed itself at the Earth to snap a picture, and NASA encouraged everyone to smile, wave, and snap a photo of their own. Folks submitted more than 1,400 images from around the world. To says thanks, NASA made this lovely composite from the images. Can you find yourself?

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  9. Cassini Spacecraft Snaps Beautiful Image of Saturn’s Pac-Man/Death Star Moon Mimas

    That's no moon... It's a space stati-- oh? Oh, it's actually a moon. Okay then.

    If you don't have a favorite moon of Saturn, let us make a case for Mimas. Thermal images make it look like Pac-Man, but regular pictures like this new one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft make it look like the Death Star. It shows Mimas passing by its little oblong-shaped buddy Pandora. Space is pretty.

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  10. First Image of Saturn from Cassini Probe Is Available For Viewing, You Can’t Even See Any Of Us In It

    That's OK. I'm pretty sure I was sneezing when they took this one anyway.

    Remember how we told you to all stand outside your houses and wave at the sky between 5:27 and 5:42 EDT (2:27 to 2:42 PDT) on Friday afternoon, because NASA’s Cassini probe would be snapping a picture of Saturn in which Earth would be visible? Yeah, you probably didn't have to actually do that, because all we can see are little white dots, which is how we look in the photograph above. It's still a pretty cool picture, but we can't help thinking maybe you should have waved harder. Y'know. For science.

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