Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Saturn backlit by the Sun

Filched from the online magazine Edge, this spectacular photo of Saturn taken by the Cassini mission. The earth is in there somewhere, as a speck in the upper left. One wonders what went through Galileo's mind when he first saw this planet's magnificent rings through his telescope. I suppose he wouldve been awestruck by the sheer force of its beauty. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

I would even imagine the words of David from his eighth psalm come unbidden to his lips:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

(Photo used without permission from Edge.)

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