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NASA Releases First Ever Photograph of Saturn, Venus, Mars and Earth
You might remember earlier this summer when NASA released a striking image taken by the Cassini spacecraft of Earth as it appears from the dark side of Saturn. Yesterday the space agency wowed again with the first ever photograph of Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Earth all in the same shot. The image spans about 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across and is made from 141 wide-angle photos taken by Cassini. You can learn more about the image over on JPL’s site where you can even download some wallpapers. This is a good excuse to watch an interpretation of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot monologue. Or this one. (via PetaPixel)
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- The Witch Head Nebula. Credit: NASA/STScI Digitized Sky Survey/Noel Carboni.
- Chandra image of the Perseus Cluster of galaxies in X-rays. Credit: A. Fabian (IoA Cambridge) et al., NASA.
- Skull Nebula. Credit: Gemini South GMOS/Travis Rector/U. of Alaska Anchorage.
- The glowing eye of NGC 6751. Credit: HST/NASA/ESA.
- Ghost-like nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL).
- SH2-136, an illuminated dark nebula. Credit: Adam Block, NOAO, AURA, NSF.
- Tarantula Nebula. Credit: ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey.
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