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Saturn at equinox

Checking in with NASA's Cassini spacecraft, our current emissary to Saturn, some 1.5 billion kilometers (932 million miles) distant from Earth, we find it recently gathering images of the Saturnian system at equinox. During the equinox, the sunlight casts long shadows across Saturn's rings, highlighting previously known phenomena and revealing a few never-before seen images. Cassini continues to orbit Saturn, part of its extended Equinox Mission, funded through through September 2010. A proposal for a further extension is under consideration, one that would keep Cassini in orbit until 2017, ending with a spectacular series of orbits inside the rings followed by a suicide plunge into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017. (previously: 1, 2, 3). (23 photos total)

From 20 degrees above the ring plane, Cassini's wide angle camera shot 75 exposures in succession for this mosaic showing Saturn, its rings, and a few of its moons a day and a half after exact Saturn equinox, when the sun's disk was exactly overhead at the planet's equator. The images were taken on Aug. 12, 2009, at a distance of approximately 847,000 km (526,000 mi) from Saturn. (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)
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292 comments so far...

WOW....incredible pics.

Posted by Manu October 19, 09 01:01 PM


Posted by Des October 19, 09 01:15 PM

Marvelous Pictures!!!!!! Thanks Alan

Posted by SMS October 19, 09 01:34 PM

Amazing and dazzling. I got chills.

Posted by JudyO October 19, 09 01:34 PM

Amazing !

Posted by Ivan October 19, 09 01:37 PM

I feel sooo small right now!

Posted by Magzime October 19, 09 01:40 PM

Absolutely amazing photo's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Cees October 19, 09 01:41 PM

And many say there is NO GOD????????? Amazing pictures....

Posted by Greg October 19, 09 01:42 PM

Very awesome indeed

Posted by Guest October 19, 09 01:49 PM

Daddy like.

Posted by John M. October 19, 09 01:52 PM

it's so good... I love it

Posted by Edward October 19, 09 02:00 PM

#1: My desktop wallpaper from the day NASA published it

Posted by Fritriac October 19, 09 02:00 PM

The most amazing pix of Saturn's complex ring/moon system I've ever seen.
Just spectacular! Cassini's mission MUST be extended through 2017!

Posted by Robinki October 19, 09 02:04 PM

extremely awesome. i'd love to visit saturn myself.

Posted by drow October 19, 09 02:17 PM

Holy Haleakala, as Phil would say. The series sent a shiver down my spine several times. So awesome, in the trues sense of the word...

Posted by RawheaD October 19, 09 02:18 PM

#4 (Prometheus and its nearby disturbance of Saturn's F ring) is amazing! I can't wait for Saturn to be visible again in the night sky (NH).

Posted by KJW October 19, 09 02:36 PM

just i can say AMAZING!!!!

Posted by salvador mtz b October 19, 09 02:38 PM

With pictures like this becoming almost commonplace, it's necessary to imagine what someone living 40 years ago would've thought about pictures taken of moonlets gravitationally disturbing Saturn's rings, taken from up close. It would've blown their mind. Helps to restore the wonder!

Posted by mdmadph October 19, 09 02:48 PM

Some incredible pictures again here. I love astronomy.

Posted by BertL October 19, 09 02:49 PM

I was expecting to see the balloon boy in one of these pics at least?!?

Never the less - great pics - the first is epic.

Posted by Alex October 19, 09 02:50 PM

I never realized how different of a planet Saturn is in our solar system. Just the idea of the rings casting a shadow on the planet fascinates me to no end, plus the way the moon's gravity's play with the particles. Truly wonderful.

Posted by Jorsh October 19, 09 02:51 PM

Very cool. The waves in the rings are spectacular.

Posted by David October 19, 09 02:52 PM

Every NASA flyby should get a grand gallery like this!!

Posted by Shii October 19, 09 03:00 PM


Posted by Amos October 19, 09 03:02 PM

Just love those pictures, amazing quality. Thank you for your ongoing blogs!

Posted by Leslie October 19, 09 03:03 PM

Watched these while listening to 'Above & Beyond - Home', great experience:)

Posted by Apoelistas October 19, 09 03:04 PM

Amazing as always!

Posted by Dario October 19, 09 03:07 PM

Really awesome and breathtaking!

Posted by Luciano Stabel October 19, 09 03:08 PM


Posted by lduque October 19, 09 03:15 PM

we can argue if space exploration money is well spent when there is so much to do on Earth, but selfishly speaking, I won't complain. What a stunning set of pictures.

nice blog as usual!

Posted by ben wilhelmi October 19, 09 03:20 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the wonder of the universe!

Posted by Kevin Price October 19, 09 03:23 PM

Fascinating photos! Total waste of money but fascinating still.

Posted by Tomara October 19, 09 03:29 PM


Posted by Anonymous October 19, 09 03:29 PM

These are some of the best prictures I have seen!! Thank you for sharing them Nasa and!!

Posted by J K October 19, 09 03:36 PM

very nice

Posted by nerdherder October 19, 09 03:40 PM


Posted by Joris October 19, 09 03:44 PM

Amazing pictures!

Posted by Joey Baxter October 19, 09 03:50 PM

Amazing ! So beautiful !

Posted by Lionel Bijaoui October 19, 09 03:56 PM

And we want to cut funding for our space program?

Posted by James October 19, 09 03:57 PM

Amazing images, numbers 3 and 6 especially stand out to me.

Posted by Chris Cothrun October 19, 09 04:01 PM

So awesome!

Posted by Dano October 19, 09 04:05 PM

breathtaking... I wish the Earth had rings too :-)

Posted by JM October 19, 09 04:10 PM

That's just awesome....

Posted by Richard October 19, 09 04:12 PM

amazing. words can not even attempt to describe these pictures, they are dollars well spent, and im serious...

Posted by mikem717 October 19, 09 04:14 PM


Posted by Anonymous October 19, 09 04:15 PM

Unbelievable photos! #23 is the best.

Posted by Parag October 19, 09 04:25 PM

Heavenly .. what beauty ! And so humbling the scale of the images.

Posted by sudeep October 19, 09 04:30 PM

I feel oh so small.......

Posted by Ryan October 19, 09 04:43 PM

Amazing, as usual.

Posted by englishgentleman October 19, 09 05:04 PM

Makes me want to get a telescope.

Posted by Randy October 19, 09 05:39 PM

And worth every penny we've paid for this project. Awesome!

Posted by pixeldawg October 19, 09 06:03 PM

To think there are obects so beautiful in our own solar system...

Posted by Jan Siren October 19, 09 06:26 PM

This shows the marvelous creativity of our Great Creator!

Posted by KMY October 19, 09 07:35 PM

Beyond words!

Posted by Bird October 19, 09 07:50 PM

Amazing. Great universe. Greater God, the Creator.

Posted by Johnny Wang October 19, 09 08:08 PM

makes me want to get on a starship!! No wonder people want to be astronauts.......

Posted by Brandon October 19, 09 09:03 PM

maravilloso hoy estuve en el espacio...:P

Posted by cesar October 19, 09 09:07 PM

Beautiful example of humans performing something the vast majority of our ancestors would consider magic, mojo or joujou, through ingenuity, industry and the exploitation of the third world.

And it only took eight comments for someone to see pictures of a giant ball of gas and rock, orbited by smaller balls of rock, ice and gas held together and moving by mindless physical forces and see, what I am guessing to be, a paternal Jewish folk-deity; or if your theology is more sophisticated, a disembodied mind that fills and sustains all of space/time and energy and matter and is both undetectable and incomprehensible, but makes you feel really good about your life in the cosmos.

Posted by chrstphrgthr October 19, 09 09:20 PM

Amazing pictures.

Posted by joost October 19, 09 09:36 PM

Funny how Galilleo was so punished by the church for his discoveries and insights, yet the Christians now want to claim this wonder as a magic trick of their God. I suppose He created it only 6,000 years ago too.


Posted by Shane J October 19, 09 10:04 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. To bad some people have to bring their fairy tales to the party instead of marveling at the pure beauty of nature.

Posted by Kirk H October 19, 09 10:11 PM

We're so damn small...

Posted by lobsang October 19, 09 10:20 PM

Just amazing. With just a few minor touches by Einstein here and there, Newton's laws place every ring particle, large or small, in its proper place. I think Alexander Pope put this sort of thing best:

"Nature and Nature's Laws lay hid in Night
God said, Let Newton be! and all was Light."
-- Alexander Pope

Posted by L.V. October 19, 09 10:37 PM

Amazing... :)

Posted by Harshal October 19, 09 11:53 PM

@ Greg

Shut up.

Posted by Planview October 20, 09 12:23 AM

I can't wait to be taken up and view heavenly beauties in their entirety

Posted by Wycliffe Matende October 20, 09 12:48 AM

#8: "And many say there is no god?"

Yep, and every sequence of images like this reinforces that view.

Posted by John Noble October 20, 09 12:50 AM

I am just as stunned as the previous comment makers... A thought that went through my mind, while perusing these photos, was related to the very small objects that have been detected in them, i.e., both of our major outer planets have not only been useful as keeping Oort cloud objects from passing through to earth, but also may act as capture "traps" for other intergalactic objects that could be alien debris, or even non-Terran manufactured objects, that would be eventually worth investigating in our continuing search for other life beyond our solar system.

Posted by Curt Sandberg October 20, 09 12:57 AM


Posted by Matt Biggin October 20, 09 01:01 AM


Posted by Azizul October 20, 09 01:04 AM

i will fly among these one day....

Posted by NewAlexandria October 20, 09 01:07 AM

Amazing pictures. Astronomy becomes more exciting everyday.

Posted by Ben October 20, 09 01:10 AM

To think that in our solar system as dense as Jupiter is, saturn is the lightest and they, Jupiter and Saturn are like twins in our solar system.
Almost like the one, Jupiter, the heavyweight and Saturn, the light bantom weight... truly amazing!

I understand that in 7BC they, Jupiter and Saturn, they were "together" in the night sky in and around the time of the birth of Jesus! Hmm makes one really wonder how stories can be written in the Heavens long before events on the earth even occur...very prophetic!

Posted by Jack October 20, 09 01:23 AM

Hats Off to NASA for making the Cassini spacecraft else we would have not been able to view such fabulous creations.
Superb!!! Words are few to describe these pictures

Posted by Akshay Athalye October 20, 09 01:26 AM

I think the quote was attributed to Albert Einstein, " My sense of God is the wonder of the Universe"...Though I am NOT a subscriber to any "organized religion" this just didn't happen by happenstance. Just magnificent. Awe inspiring...As it has been said.." Man must explore ". How can we IGNORE
what's out there...Why can't we do it together instead of trying to kill each other? Just look whats out there! It will never become boring..Space.. AWESOME!!!!

Posted by J.P.S Tucson, AZ October 20, 09 01:30 AM

There's so much to see and learn out there!

Posted by shubho October 20, 09 01:54 AM


Posted by Floris October 20, 09 01:59 AM

Nothing short of spectacular!

It's amazing to me that we can puff at our chest and marvel at our own ingenuity yet somehow think that the infinite complexity of the universe - which these pictures illustrate in such a beautiful way - came about through mindless forces. That's an intellectual exercise in crock.
"Nietzsche is dead." - God

Posted by John October 20, 09 02:00 AM

to die for!!, and no there is no god, every astronomer behind this nasa projects agree

Posted by felipe October 20, 09 02:03 AM

lol@Greg #8

Posted by Hans October 20, 09 02:24 AM

Absolutely stunning

Posted by Andrew (UK) October 20, 09 02:26 AM

Absolutely incredible... it's a good thing some people aren't satisfied with the easy answers and work hard to discover the truth.

Discover on, humanity! Maybe in a few thousand more years some lucky person will have a chance to see these same sights with their own two eyes... I wish I could stick around long enough to have that opportunity.

Posted by Robert October 20, 09 02:32 AM

I want one of those cameras!

Posted by Abhishek Mittal October 20, 09 02:47 AM

The wave pic 21... After big drink i think... I think it's whisky...

Posted by michael October 20, 09 02:49 AM

My God....

Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 02:55 AM


Posted by Marcello Semboli October 20, 09 03:06 AM

Absolutely amazing, makes me want to fire up Orbiter space flight sim and pay Saturn a visit.

Posted by Sky Captain October 20, 09 03:09 AM

magnifiques photos!!!

Posted by pouet October 20, 09 03:10 AM

Ces photographies sont d'une beauté incroyable.

Posted by A.Regamey October 20, 09 03:14 AM

This is true evidence of the existence of
God in our lifetime...astounding...

Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 03:18 AM

Absolutely stunning, thanks so much!!

Posted by Stephen Twigg October 20, 09 03:19 AM

Glorious. Wonderful. Cosmos is mystic, beautiful, meaningful, dare to explore. magnificent.

Posted by Massoud October 20, 09 03:41 AM

Breath-taking pictures! Many thanks.

Posted by Daniele October 20, 09 04:30 AM

Muchas gracias por tan maravilloso espectáculo.

Posted by Eleuterio Fernández Guzmán October 20, 09 04:36 AM

#4 is my favourite. Thanks for creating the gifs. They bring astronomy alive.

Posted by Christian October 20, 09 04:49 AM

The Clarity of pics is imply Superb.!! great work!

Posted by Ramnath October 20, 09 04:56 AM


Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 05:25 AM

Stunning! But I have a question too. I once read an article that the craters on Iapetus were hexagonal. Yet in Image 7 the craters also have a vague hexagonal appearance. Is it me and my strong earl grey in the morning, or is there some explaination to all of this?

Steve, the Netherlands

Posted by Steve October 20, 09 05:26 AM

As a person who spent a lot of time building space based optical systems, all I can say is this is an incredible testament to the men and women who make images like this possible. Bravo.

Posted by Holdenontoit October 20, 09 05:33 AM

These are some of the most amazing pictures this site has ever posted...
Well done guys =)

Posted by Vasilis October 20, 09 06:30 AM

These images verify the amazing ingenuity and potential of Mankind. Reality reveals how insignificant we are, when compared to the Wonders of our Solar System and the even more awesome Universe.
Instead of wasting TRILLIONS of our dollars on the very questionable claims that we are harming Earth's environment, which in reality is a Political HOAX, we should be spending those dollars on these Saturn-style Cassini explorations. Here we are, barely clinging to our Little Blue Planet, zooming theough the Universe at 1.3 million miles per hour! Our violent little Planet is far more dangerous to us, than we are to it! We have only been here for the blink of an eye, when compared to Celestial time and that's about it! We need to simply hang on and enjoy the ride!

Posted by Burnie777 October 20, 09 06:37 AM

mARAVILLOSO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by áLVARO gUENY October 20, 09 06:57 AM

The thing that most blows my mind is that these are honest to ...(woops, sorry almost started another argument)... goodness "Smile and say cheese" photographs...that someone (here on earth!) planned, lined up, focused, and clicked the shutter. With real cameras, and in many cases using visible light. No darkroom magic or artist's conceptions, just good photos taken half way across the solar system.

Posted by DanGringo October 20, 09 07:14 AM

Every time I start to lose faith in humankind (for whatever reason), I see pictures like these and am reminded that this is what we can do.

Great pictures, but what's even more amazing is that there is a man-made machine that has travelled a vast distance with pin-point accuracy in order to be there to take those pictures!

Posted by Gareth October 20, 09 07:31 AM

never saw such detailed pictures of saturn. great work.!

Posted by ys October 20, 09 07:59 AM

Awesome! How immensely great God is!

Posted by Therese Zientara October 20, 09 08:01 AM

Natural Perfection!!!

Posted by Pierre October 20, 09 08:06 AM

#19 is absolutely amazing: look like golf balls, but are moons. The apotheosis of relativity.

Posted by Polìscor October 20, 09 08:08 AM

I can only imagine how many scientists it will take to analyze these images for years to come. Impressive.

Posted by Dr. Lee Jagers October 20, 09 08:08 AM

What about Iapetus? Too artificial to post some images?

Posted by disclosure1947 October 20, 09 08:13 AM

It's too bad Io was left out. It's an amazing, volcanic body.

Posted by Jake October 20, 09 08:55 AM

Yes, it's a fantastic universe. No, that does not require a god.

I wish Chesley Bonestell were around to see this.

Posted by Zucchi October 20, 09 09:13 AM

What on earth (or off earth, for that matter) do these exquisite picures have to do with a god?

Posted by John D October 20, 09 09:42 AM

I'm confused about #15. From the shadow of the moon in the center it looks like the light source is at the top of the frame, but the two moons off to the left look like little crescents with the light coming from the bottom of the frame. My current theory is that Saturn is a hoax.

Posted by Peter October 20, 09 09:49 AM

Praise God.

Posted by Gary October 20, 09 10:00 AM

To all of you saying "waste of money". What makes more sense to you ?
Spending money on space exploration or give away "bailout" packages that get stolen by corporate thugs anyway?

I didnt hear an outcry then.
Why is it everytime with NASA?

Great pics, thanks for sharing

Posted by Dynamitrios October 20, 09 10:38 AM


Posted by Gustavo October 20, 09 10:43 AM

This pics are simply amazing and the best I ever seen before.

Posted by Harshal October 20, 09 10:46 AM

AMAZING?!?!? Is there a stronger word??? I need a stronger word!!!! Guys congratulations for ripple pics!!!!

Posted by Marcelo T. G. October 20, 09 10:52 AM

I love how theists rush to pay puerile homage to their trendy deity of the current millennium...

if anything, thank your tax dollars!

Thank you NASA!

Posted by Yankee October 20, 09 10:57 AM

These are absolutely amazing images!!!

Posted by Annette Oliveira October 20, 09 11:41 AM

stunning imagery

Posted by nelson martin October 20, 09 12:21 PM

it's so amazing and mindblowing!
my fav!

Posted by Sergey October 20, 09 12:21 PM

wow..makes us humans lookd so small indeed..very breathtaking indeed..thanks 4 sharing.. :)

Posted by fredria October 20, 09 12:24 PM

Thank you for your kind words. I often feel like creating universes is a thankless job, but moments like these make it all worthwhile. I really like to be recognized for my efforts. Creating planets is hard work, but everything just came together on the 6th one. I knew you guys would be totally into Saturn.

Stay tuned, I feel inspired and I'm going to be creating some really interesting stuff again soon. What will I create?? You'll have to wait and see!

Posted by Zeus, King of the gods, ruler of Mount Olympus, god of the sky and thunder October 20, 09 12:45 PM

I just bought 2000 beachfront acres on Saturn's moon Tethy's with a "no credit no problem" mortgage from an Arizona land developer. Am looking for a ride will pay all expenses. PJ

Posted by PJC October 20, 09 01:07 PM

i am speechless

Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 01:35 PM

#111: Io is a moon of Jupiter, not Saturn. That said, the pictures here are gut-wrenchingly beautiful and amazing. It just shows that the universe is more amazing than we can imagine. Who knows what else is out there? I wanna find out! (Really looking forward to seeing what Kepler finds out.)

Posted by Vernon Balbert October 20, 09 01:47 PM

C'mon, live and let live guys, even if you're a fundamental Christian or a raging atheist, we may not all agree on the source of these stunning creations ever but we can all agree that these images are beautiful, let's all stick with that, enjoy the view and allow everyone to express in their own way their wonderment, eh?

Posted by Space is Vacuumously Great October 20, 09 02:38 PM

Picture no.2 looks like the Death Star, now where did I park my X-Wing fighter. . . mmm. Lets all marvel at the glorious works of Buddah. . . wait a minute . . . I meant the Tooth fairy, no no, again wrong. Oh yes I remember, Lets all marvel at the glorious works of . . Super massive blacks holes that sucked all the material together to form this wonderous sight. Well, close.

Posted by Rob in Ireland October 20, 09 03:05 PM

Fantastisk! Fenomenalt!

Posted by S.Kolberg October 20, 09 03:15 PM

@60 Galilleo believed in God. In fact he used the world's best selling title of all time to show many of his ideas which the Catholic church rejected and punished him for (like all the "heretics" of his time). One thing people have difficulty separating in their minds is religion and God. They are two very separate things.

Posted by Josh October 20, 09 03:20 PM

amazing..but one must ask...why are all the images from nasa's recent moon visits so damned poor?

Posted by nelly October 20, 09 03:22 PM

Looking at those pictures brings Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke to my mind

Posted by dave October 20, 09 03:56 PM


Posted by Emily Cragg, B.S., M.A., webmaster October 20, 09 04:11 PM


Posted by mg October 20, 09 04:17 PM

because there are alien structures on the moon. duh. why did nasa never release any high res pics of the dark side of the moon either.

Posted by tyler October 20, 09 04:23 PM

Wonderful... fantastic!

Posted by Princy October 20, 09 04:44 PM

Men who celebrate the praises of Allah, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (With the thought):

"Our Lord!
You have not created (all) this for nothing! Glory to you! "

Posted by Tomas October 20, 09 06:09 PM

Awesome, I love #8, and #17 is the reason why we shouldn't cut space funding.

Posted by JH October 20, 09 06:27 PM

I have a question, not a comment. this has to do about history and science together. In our world there is an ancient civilization called the mayans. they predicted that there will be a war in the world and there was World war 1, then they predicted of World war 2 and it happened. Now, there saying that our world wil be destroyed at 2012. But even NASA found a meteor coming in our solar system. All the news channels were talking about this so is this all true?

Posted by i***k October 20, 09 06:37 PM

Those pictures are grand. Makes me want to ride a giant ice worm across the frozen wastes of Tethys.

Posted by Gibbon1 October 20, 09 06:48 PM


Posted by Trish October 20, 09 06:48 PM


Posted by sam October 20, 09 07:33 PM

@126. PJ, I'm going that way. Let's hook up. Can I stay later on, when the place is built?

Posted by timbo in oz October 20, 09 08:34 PM

We are destroying the environment of our own planet, most people don't have access to clean drinking water, aids and other sickness are destroying families, populations, even a continent. Eventually, and sooner than we think, we will have a global flood due to global warming. Many people on this planet don't have access to education and wouldn't even be able to tell you the name of the planets in the solar system.

billions are spent on these space program (not to mention the money spent on war which is even worse in my opinion). There is only a fraction of the global population that can enjoy seeing these couple of little pictures.

Shouldn't we rethink our priorities?

Posted by Andréanne October 20, 09 08:35 PM


Posted by SOMEONE RANDOM October 20, 09 08:53 PM

NASA is public sector, isn't it? Government employees, goofing off taking tourist snaps on the taxpayer's dime. The outrage of it! Give me Lehman Brothers any time.

Posted by j0646 October 20, 09 09:13 PM

Wow, awesome pictures. Especially of Daphnis and Tethys.

#146- Many people on this planet would have even less access to education if it wasn't for the catalyst to education formed by tech programs such as the space programs, which then requires an educated population of workers to feed into the system. The awareness of the fragility of our environment came to a crescendo back in December, 1968, when the Apollo 8 astronauts were to take vivid pictures of the moon, and the EARTH!!! If economic development was left to folks like you we would still be in the stone age.

Posted by robroy October 20, 09 09:44 PM

Stunning. Some of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen of Saturn and it's moons.

Posted by Brenda C October 20, 09 09:51 PM

The Saturn pictures are just wonderful!

Posted by John E. Tidwell, B.S., M.S. October 20, 09 09:57 PM

my favorite planet!

Posted by sconsetbogs October 20, 09 10:04 PM

Posted by i***k RE: Myans. No they didn't predict the end of the world or anything else of the future. Go check out sky and telescopes website they have an article on there about it you might find of interest.

@ The fundamental atheist, you are just as annoying in your FAITH as the fundamentalist theist are. I know it is your new doctrine to go out and preach it from the mountaintops and witness about your faith, jumping on the same bandwagon as the fundamentalist Christians, but give it a rest already. Practice the tolerance and freedom of expression you so vocally claim to espouse. If it isn't a two way street then your sect will end up being the one trying to drive the wrong way on a one way street as more than 80% of the world believe in some sort of supreme being. When intolerance becomes the rule the majority will win, not the squeaky wheel. Oh, the only LOGICAL train of thought is agnostic, the remaining two choices both require FAITH.

@ the guilty liberals. Get over it. The space program has provided most of the tech and medicine you keep on about the world needing to save it so get off your high horses, move into a tent and donate YOUR salary to whatever causes you want. Quit talking about my priorities being out of wack while you enjoy your upper middle class lifestyle. If you want to embrace nature then look at disease and famine as what it is, nature's own population control. Otherwise you are a hypocrite AND a bore, rather than just the latter.

FINALLY @ the photos. Thank you to the Globe for publishing these pictures and to NASA for putting these awe inspiring pictures out to be published. Pictures released by NASA and published in National Geo etc inspired me as a child to become an aerospace engineer and inspire my child to do well in school and work to succeed in life. Pictures such as these make me truly appreciate the splendor of the natural world; appreciate the mathematics of the universe as well as marvel at the human mind able to conceive of, and carry out such grandiose endeavors. Thank you for sharing them.

Posted by Scott Jenkins October 20, 09 10:07 PM


Posted by IamZod October 20, 09 10:33 PM

Fantastic. But does anyone remember the crazies who protested the launch of Cassini? They tried to disrupt the launch and took legal actions and tried to crash the fences in Florida because they thought the spacecraft's fuel cells would rupture and kill all life on earth - despite decades of safe use on other spacecraft.

Where are they now, and what do they think of these images?

Posted by Peter October 20, 09 10:50 PM

Leave God outside, this is science.

Posted by beef October 20, 09 10:57 PM

Hmmmm.... No new close up pictures of Iapedus. That omission could be telling us something....Hmmmmmm.

Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 11:30 PM


Posted by Hyphin- October 20, 09 11:45 PM

Phenomenal images- awesome nature and technology, and yes creator.

For every brilliant scientist that does not believe in God, there is one that does.I choose not to be a theological snob, and I hope you choose not to be an intellectual one. Let's not debate, but rather discuss the wondrous possibilities of science and God.

Posted by Jim Olsen October 20, 09 11:48 PM

Another magnificent photo album!

Thank you for all the brilliant pictures you provide us, BigPicture. I am in love with you :)

Posted by Thanasis October 21, 09 12:10 AM

Thank man for god.

Posted by DracutMan October 21, 09 12:25 AM

The pix are monumental. However, the lady's name was and is THETYS or THETIS, not TYTHIS! Basic Greek mythology, gentlemen or gentlewomen.

Posted by Edward Nelson October 21, 09 12:59 AM

We need not fire salvo's at each other about whether or not God exists. He has spoken for Himself. We are each free to make up our own minds, to accept - or ignore - His attempts to communicate with us. None of us is any better than another no matter which way be believe the evidence before us. For there is yet SO much more to understand!

Posted by D Coleman October 21, 09 01:17 AM

OH, my...........look at what God has made for US, His me, that is proof of how much He loves us........that is His bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of awesome and full of wonder it is said of HIm "GOD is LOVE".........worlds without end has He created......

Posted by Lorraine Thompson October 21, 09 01:35 AM

Thanks to man's ingenuity for these pictures. What did god say about Saturn in the bible? oh ya nothing 'cause ancient man who wrote that crappy book didn't know about the beauties of Saturn.

Posted by Mike Kozlowskyj October 21, 09 02:31 AM

This is mind blowingly beautiful.. I will focus on this next time I Astral travel.. Makes me wonder though if there are more pictures that we are not allowed to see.. maybe pictures showing the proof of life that is out there..

Posted by Dragonfly October 21, 09 02:36 AM

That's one giant LP.
NASA's got to get a big needle and phono pre-amp up there so we can find out what's recorded on them tracks.

Posted by Bob Loblaw October 21, 09 02:37 AM


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Posted by jeremiah October 21, 09 04:44 AM

"to die for!!, and no there is no god, every astronomer behind this nasa projects agree" - Felipe

And there are just as many scientist who disagree...your point? Oh wait, you don't have one, you're just an idiot.

The pictures are beautiful though.

Posted by Dan October 21, 09 07:42 AM

La verdad que : FANTÁSTICAS FOTOS...!!!
Bien decía Sagan : _" Estoy deseando que la nave Cassini llegue a....para ver....." _ Pena no esté acá para verlo con sus propios ojos.
Gracias CARL...!!!

Posted by Jorge October 21, 09 07:51 AM

Like Johannes Kepler...... thinking God's thoughts after Her/Him. Absolutely stunning and for we humans another reminder that wonder is what life is for.

Posted by Feargal October 21, 09 07:53 AM

I'm confused. I don't want to cause a ruckus, but why all the "Praise God", "Thank God", "isn't God great" posts? Think about it for a second - how does Saturn existing in any way show that there is or isn't a god? Why, because it's pretty to our eyes? The universe existed for 13 billion years before human eyes ever saw it. Did a god really create it for us? If so, why did he/she wait so long to put us here? And then why bother creating the billions upon billions of other galaxies with billions upon billions of other stars with untold number of other planets? How does that help us in any way imaginable? Saturn has rings because of an ancient cataclysmic collision of some kind that left a huge amount of debris floating in a gravitational field around the planet. In a certain number of millions of years the rings will disappear - having been collected into various moons or fallen to the surface of Saturn. Other planets in the solar system also have rings, evidence of other collisions. It's beautiful because we say so. Chances are the Earth had rings at one point when the collision happened that resulted in our moon forming. Now they are gone. We as humans have existed for a fraction of a fraction of a nanosecond in the grand scheme of time. We aren't that important unfortunately. And when we are gone, the universe will not know we were ever here . . . sad but true. But I do love the universe and all the wonder it offers. I just don't see any reason to heap praise upon an unknown, unseen being for it. Just take it for the grandeur it is.

Posted by icpshootyz October 21, 09 08:30 AM

Awesome Universe

Posted by Livi October 21, 09 09:31 AM

It's wonderful to be alive in these times and to see these!

Posted by Dan Tanner October 21, 09 09:44 AM

God created everything

Posted by jake October 21, 09 09:46 AM

Go icpshootyz! I would add that for the works of god you only have to look at 2004/5 Tsunami. Now that is a work of god. Think of the 10s of thousands of innocent children he killed for nothing.

Posted by frank little October 21, 09 10:44 AM

I'm with 173....

Posted by Andy October 21, 09 10:58 AM


Posted by Paul October 21, 09 11:32 AM

Proof of the power of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! His noodly creations never cease to amaze...

Posted by kirk October 21, 09 12:12 PM

#153,Scott Jenkins: You're kinda full of yourself aren't you?

Posted by justmyimpression October 21, 09 12:24 PM

These photographs have left me full of envy directed toward by my own grandchildren. Given proper directions from our offspring, and judging by the content of these pictures, we cannot imagine what will be available in their lifetime! It will only stop here if we allow that to happen in OUR lifetime; please urge continued support for these exploration programs to the planets of our life.

Posted by Fairygram October 21, 09 01:05 PM

I love The Big Picture, but when these space-photo installments come up, I always hesitate to click on them, thinking they'll be boring - just some black and white speckled globes on a black background. I am ALWAYS wrong. These astronomy photos are consistently astounding and never fail to fire up the imagination. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Tony October 21, 09 01:13 PM

Who created all these has: very good taste, patient and infinite intelligence!

Posted by Marcos October 21, 09 02:42 PM

Quelle limpidité ! Merveilleuses photos ! Et l'extraordinaire séquence/animation N°21 qui rend cet effet de vague avec les ballets des "lunes" Prometheus (bien rendu aussi sur le cliché N°4) et surtout de Pandora... Sublime ! Je n'ai aperçu personne sur ces satellites saturniens (la prise de vue est trop éloignée du sol), mais on dirait vraiment qu'il s'y passe quelque chose : regardez ces curieux et subtiles entrelacs sur Enceladus, clichés N°13 & N°17..., et ces atypiques cratères hexagonaux sur Thetys, cliché N°7, et cet énorme et inquiétant cratère "rectal" au pôle sud de Janus, cliché N°5 (quel spatial estron cosmique est-il prêt à en sortir ?). On peut rêver et ces photos nous y aident. Maravilloso !

Posted by UltrasoundBee October 21, 09 02:52 PM

Beautiful piczzzzz ......!!gr8 job ...

Posted by tayyabr October 21, 09 03:03 PM

#156 God created science, dummy.

Posted by #187 October 21, 09 04:38 PM

I hope that we can find intelligent life on other planets in my lifetime. That would be amazing.

Posted by Anonymous October 21, 09 07:19 PM

#173 ... thanking Him 'cos He created gravity, dummy! And for the rings of Earth to fall on to Earth waaaay before I was born! ... and I'm gonna thank Him for that too! ; )
Apart from that ... awesome photography -- in awe at the majesty of these stellar subjects ... wished I could have been there!!

Posted by Hobbes October 21, 09 07:29 PM

@ 125
I appreciate this is probably your very first internet blog comment, but if you don't practice a bit of humility, you are going to get flamed. And that, apparently, is rather unpleasant. Still, nice work there. Saturn Rocks.

Posted by Shane J October 21, 09 07:59 PM

Stunning! What a marvelous collection of images and animations. One of the most beautiful things I've every seen. Thank you!

Posted by larryy October 21, 09 08:44 PM

@181 justmyimpression
You noticed :) !!!!
Actually no. I'm just tired of the same old un-solvable debate and the ridicules attitudes that go with it, from both sides. If they want to act like children then maybe they also want to be chastised as such as well. If they feel free to fill up ever single comment board I see when looking at such wonders then every now an again I'm going to voice an opinion. It is nothing more profound than one individual speaking his mind. I frequent astronomy sites rather often and the comments could be cut and pasted from one to the next. It is tiring. Normally good manners keep me from stating what is to me the obvious, but between international atheist day earlier this week and the response of the Christian right to put forth their own counter opinions I am a little fed up with it at the moment.

@ photos. Isn't it just awe inspiring that human beings are capable of witnessing these amazing sites? I've spent hours looking at Saturn and it's rings through my own scopes. To see the fascinating level of detail is a special treat to me. The vastness of the ring field when set in scale by a moonlet leaves me especially thrilled. To know this is, in astronomical terms, just next door leaves me anxious to see it and a little sad to know I never will.

Posted by Scott Jenkins October 21, 09 08:50 PM

God, in all his supposed wisdom, never supplied us images like this -- or even hinted them. It was left to us to do it ourselves. Like always.

Posted by TikiHead October 21, 09 11:33 PM

Amazing. Loved seeing these pics.

Posted by samonty October 22, 09 12:31 AM

Excelentes postales. Felicidades y gracias.

Posted by Martin Torres Ramos. October 22, 09 12:45 AM

Super pictures, thanks, it`s very interesting.

Posted by Tomas October 22, 09 02:26 AM

c'est magnifique.
dommage que tant de commentaires ramènent au niveau de la religion.

Posted by pouet October 22, 09 05:08 AM

It's great to see this, never saw such detailed pictures of Saturn. Great work.! What a marvelous collection of images, I'am very impressed, Some of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen of Saturn and it's moons. Thanks a lot to put this to larger public, to see this intresting Photo's.


Wim from the Netherlands

Posted by Wim Hoogerbrugge Jr. October 22, 09 06:04 AM

Awesome pics! I wish NASA the best of luck in all future endeavours.
The future of the human race depends on efforts of this kind.

Posted by Tony October 22, 09 07:51 AM

Superb images. What a great scientific achievement this is! Kudos to NASA and thanks to

What's all this got to do with god or allah or bhagwan or whatever?
Just because we haven't figured it out yet, we can't attribute all GOOD things to god. Why don't we say 'god created tsunamis' or 'it was god's wish that millions die of hunger each year' or 'god wanted people to slit each other's throats, spray millions of bullets, bomb each other' ? I'm so fed up of theists crediting everything that is good to god but everything that is not good to human kind. And why is god always a male? HIM, HIS wish, etc? Can't these religious zealots accept god as a female?

Posted by Shailendra Vaidya October 22, 09 11:34 AM

Praise the Spaghetti Monster his noodles wave in the rings of Saturn. Pastafarianism is validated with these images as no others before.

Posted by Ed October 22, 09 01:03 PM


Posted by Macky October 22, 09 02:20 PM

wow its really amazing

Posted by Anonymous October 22, 09 02:22 PM

Peter, regarding your comment (#114) about picture 15, those two "moons" as you call them are actually stars with elongated shapes due to the long exposure setting. In case you don't understand this concept, it is the same as when you take a long exposure picture of a car at night and the "round" headlights show up as "streaks" across the photo. So drop the hoax crap (unless you want to call your car a "hoax" also!) and appreciate some fantastic photography!

Posted by Jim Francisco October 22, 09 02:24 PM

Estupendo, increible. Is the most beautiful amazing wonders that I have ever saw in my whole life. Luz

Posted by Luz Rivera Perez October 22, 09 02:31 PM

^ check 173rd comment

Posted by obsorb October 22, 09 03:03 PM

Scott Jenkins, #192:

Ok, pretty good response, thanks...

Posted by justmyimpression October 22, 09 03:14 PM

Space, the final frontier....

Posted by Anonymous October 22, 09 05:27 PM

Great pictures. It will be a good research tool for me.Thanks for publishing.

Posted by Richard Plasencia October 22, 09 08:24 PM

These are great pictures. Who cares how Saturn got there, just appreciate the photos. Leave your religious battles for myspace.

Posted by Kalyandra October 23, 09 01:47 AM

>> @Jake
>> "It's too bad Io was left out. It's an amazing, volcanic body."

Io is one of the Jupiter's satelittes. Not Saturn's.

Posted by Sham October 23, 09 06:21 AM

soebhanallah, look what Allah created!!!

Posted by Miss moslima October 23, 09 08:00 AM

Simply put...very humbling.

Posted by Curt October 23, 09 11:36 AM

supreme universal beautiful

Posted by Eduardo October 23, 09 01:12 PM

Incredible, the wave images are mind blowing.
Thank you NASA for keeping up the good work!

Posted by Remco October 23, 09 03:50 PM

I hope within the next 30 years or so we will be seeing the same kinds of pictures of Uranus and Neptune. There's still so much more to discover and enjoy as we have here at Saturn.

Posted by Michael October 23, 09 09:38 PM

Yes, there is poverty, war, violence,religion, etc around us. All these are created by us. They are all supposed to be dealt with by the species called politicians! But there ought to be someone who can think beyond all this muck and contemplate on the vastness of the universe and give ordinary mortals a chance have a glimpse of the nature's grandeur. I am glad NASA is doing this.Thanks.

Posted by Manoranjan Rao October 24, 09 02:49 AM

This can't be described in words.

This is simply magestic....

Posted by Shankar Garg October 24, 09 03:40 AM

god is very big.
thanks for pics

Posted by peyman October 24, 09 06:09 AM

#22 clearly Coco Chanel

Posted by Mary Ellen Goodwill October 24, 09 11:32 AM

Absolutely beautiful! I actually appreciate all the comments posted thus far. To NASA's credit, they pulled off a stunning display and we're only seeing a small fraction of what they have available (Thank you Globe for publishing.)
I am religious and also very interested in science, and so appreciate both the yea and nea posts regarding God, Allah, (hey, even Zeus posted) creation role in all this. It doesn't matter how it was done or when it occured, etc., at least in my mind, I think the majority of us can agree that we appreciate the awesome splendor displayed by the Cassini mission.
I do believe both Religion and Science can coexist and compliment each other. But just as we have wars over philosophical, geo, and political differences, greed, etc., so will we have differences of opinion on science, religion, and our personal beliefs. Maybe if more respected a person's right to their beliefs - whether we agree or disagree - there'd be more civility expressed in the some of the rebuttal comments on this page.
My personal belief is that God created all things through a complete and infinite knowledge and understanding of the laws of physics, sciences, universe, etc. We are barely scratching the surface of what we understand compared to God's knowledge and wisdom. But, I also believe science's role is to learn, discover, and understand how God did what He did and then how we can apply that knowledge to the betterment of our lives on earth. It doesn't matter if the individual scientist believes personally in God or not, there is knowledge and wisdom to be gained through scientific pursuit that can benefit many in the world; to include through space exploration.
To the Tsunami observation - the laws of nature can be influenced should the Creator of all so decide - we do not know all His purposes in allowing the negative things that happen in our lives. Maybe more lives might have been lost had some not felt a preminition, or heard a still, small voice in their heart or mind warn them to move inland, or felt impressed to move away from the shore. We will probably never really know the answers.
What would we be inspired to do if there was no bad, no sickness, no war, no disasters, no evil in the world? If a parent always prevented their child from taking a spill when learning to ride their bike, what would the child learn?
Maybe God wants us to learn to work together to overcome the negative in our world and discover together how to mute the affects, injury, and death of natural disasters in our various locations around this wonderful planet. Maybe He wants us to learn there are ways to settle disagreements or political differences without breaking things and killing people. I don't know, but that is how I see it.
NASA, great job! Globe, thank you! God, much appreciated!
OK, I am now stepping off my soap box for the next commenter.....

Posted by jkjezek in Ceadr Rapids October 24, 09 12:41 PM

when we come across the whole universe,we realise one striking fact,our earth is different,yes,indeed you don't come across life in any planet that we have visited,do we see there water to give life,plants which grow or animals which live(they just suggest that life could have existed there),our earth is blessed by God(and corrupted by man) and it produces forth all kinds of fruits which feed the animals and man,the clouds bring forth shade and give us water,the winds are heralds of His Mercy.Man was created from it and unto iot does he return.God speaks in the Quran of how he has made the earth as man's repose and the skies as its firmament.The recent theory of Big Bang seems to be supported by the Quran"Have they not seen that the heavens and the earth were joined together and we cleft them asunder and We made from water every living thing,will they then not believe."

Posted by our beautiful earth October 24, 09 03:52 PM

bacanes las imagenes. saludos from chile

Posted by guachupe October 24, 09 07:45 PM

That's so cool...I feel jealous though... i wish my astrophotography was this good...
robdotcom71, twitter

Posted by robdotcom71 October 24, 09 11:40 PM

Some people comment that "As long as some persons live in poverty, things like space exploration are an unethical waste of money". Nonsense.

What those complainers are really saying is that "People of the vast middle class has no ethical justification for pooling their hard earned resources into projects of their collective choosing, until no person lives in poverty". In other words, middle class people do not really own their own hard earned resources because people in poverty have a higher ethical right to those hard earned resources, a right that outweighs the rights of those who earned them. Nonsense.

Further, their complaint implies that because there will always be poor people (realistically), it is unethical for humanity to ever explore beyond the Earth. Nonsense.

Posted by Bill October 25, 09 02:14 AM

I haven't gone through the comments but I wanted to be sure to put a big thanks in to the fantastic Cassini team for their work on this mission. Well done and congratulations! Thanks for your many long hours putting together the entire collection.

Posted by MedTek October 25, 09 09:45 AM

but can you tell what has benefited us after somany journeys undertaken to space,if they serve a purpose like satellite communications,they are good,but the spacecrafts sent to the planets come back and are only able to guess there may have been life here,there could have been water there,i feel that, is completely useless.

Posted by Anonymous October 25, 09 01:36 PM

So humbling. How insignificantly small a speck man is in the universe... and yet he can manage to create so much havoc for himself and his planet!

Posted by N October 25, 09 02:51 PM

these are beautifully magnificent.
i agree with #129; can't we just enjoy the wonderful celestial heavenly bodies taken by the photography?
if we have to go into it, i used to be an atheist, then turned Catholic. if one is looking for proof, why not stop at the many written works of the existence of Jesus Christ?
as Dr Sagan put it "The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together"

Posted by anonymous October 25, 09 03:17 PM

To #222 What we have seen as planets is so incredibly few of them that what you are saying is whithout any merit.
It's like saying that after looking at ten grain of sand out of a whole beach and finding one black while the others nine are brown that that one is blessed among the whole beach, while in the whole beach there are other thousands of thousands black grains.

Posted by Wu October 25, 09 05:48 PM

wow!!!!!! those were amazing I wonder how close you can get to Saturn

Posted by Owen October 25, 09 08:18 PM

What hath Galileo wrought!!

Posted by Bill October 25, 09 09:51 PM

re #230,well,sometimes you are right,i cannot be sure there is no life anywhere else,only God knows everything,the evident and the apparent,our knowledge can be compared to only drops of water a small bird sips from the great ocean,but i just happen to feel that our earth is unique,it is different and it is special,we believe that there are three kinds of creations who worship God,the first kind is the angels,whose innate nature is to obey God and praise Him,the second is the jinn,who have been given power and strength,most of them are evil,some years before man's creation,it is believed that they caused much corruption on the earth,they were driven out of it and the earth was cleansed,the third kind is man,who has been gifted with knowledge,the abilility to perceive things,the ability to know,learn and understand by which we can rise high above others,but many people donot use this gift and are degraded to the lowest of the low.anyway,it is irrelevant to us if life on other planets,for us our deeds and for them their deeds and we wouldnot be questioned as to theirs.God tells us in Quran about a group of young men,who fled for their faith after they were persecuted and tortured by their people"Some said "they were three and the fourth was their dog,some said"they were five and the sixth was their dog and still others said"they were seven and the eighth was their dog.say"Your Lord knows about their number and none know it except a few ,so donot dispute with them without clear evidence and argue not with them about it."how would we be affected if there are others living in faraway planets,what really matters is our actions.

Posted by it is irrrelevant October 26, 09 12:39 PM

Wicked Awesome Cool NEAT-O Mosquito!

Posted by Jamestown October 26, 09 01:45 PM

Ces photos ...J'en ai le souffle coupé...

Posted by Jacques PONTOISE October 26, 09 06:08 PM

the sense of wonderment and belief that we are on the right track is confirmed by these fantastic pictures,- we are indeed living in momentous times

Posted by Dennis Bodimead October 26, 09 10:06 PM

#153 - AMEN!

Posted by Anonymous October 27, 09 01:33 PM

senza parole

Posted by guido da milano October 27, 09 01:44 PM

#233 this is a scientific post. There is no God here. That's nature, not a statue. That was created by much more than what you have in your head, trust me.

Posted by lol@233 October 27, 09 03:04 PM

Look.... and feel small. If simply gazing at these images doesn't give you chills and make you ponder your own existence, nothing will.

Posted by heartsong October 27, 09 05:19 PM

There is no such beauty as parts of the natural world being seen for the first time.

Posted by Curmudgeon October 28, 09 03:14 AM


Posted by Anonymous October 28, 09 03:20 AM

Makes you wonder.... how much of post-pro goes into publishing these photos.

It always makes me wonder if the focusing of these cameras ARE that good??!!

My camera can't focus THAT well, without me 'forcing' it to.... now bear in mind, the distance from camera to 'subject'...

makes you go....... mmmmmmmmmm??!!!

Posted by Andrew Boey October 28, 09 11:24 AM

re #239
in recent experiments conducted by the scientists,it has been found that the electrons revolve around nucleus of atoms in an anticlockwise direction,planets revolve around the sun in an anticlockwise fashion,Muslims make their pilgrimage about the House of God in an anticlockwise direction as they were directed by their great leader,the one beloved to God,Abraham(upon him be peace).if there were no connection between religion and science,then how could be it that he knew how to make his rounds about God's house the way everything in the universe,from the atom to the galaxy declares His Praise,now that is not just a coincidence.God says in the Quran"O man what has made you careless about your Lord,the One who created you,fashioned you and perfected you,in whatever form He willed,no but you deny the Day of Judgement and appointed for you are two gaurdian angels,noble and writing down all what you do"

Posted by there is a connection October 28, 09 11:49 AM

Quelle chance d'être de ce monde à cette époque et de pouvoir apprécier des clichés de cette beauté.

Posted by Marvin October 28, 09 02:51 PM

C'est splendide! Une véritable prouesse que d'obtenir une telle auto-regula- tion du temps d'ouverture de l'objectif de Cassini. Oui, laissons cet explorateur continuer ses investigations spatiales jusqu'en 2017.
Merci pour cette diffusion publique d'images exceptionnelles.

Posted by Vincent Ducray October 28, 09 05:24 PM

Благодарим ти, NASA! From Iceland with love!

Posted by Balkanson October 28, 09 05:42 PM

Amazing, so clear it looks like a miniature stage for a 70's space moive. haha So clear, thank you!

Posted by Tek October 28, 09 07:48 PM

@244: Electrons going counterclockwise around the nucleus of an atom? Right... I guess you flipped it over and held it in one place long enough to see this? I doubt you even realize what a ridiculous concept that is. Even the rotation of our planets is open to interpretation. Are we looking at the solar system from above, from the Earth's north pole down, or from below, staring up at Antarctica? Such typical manufacturing of 'proof' from a desperate group of self-delusional people willing to spout any sort of nonsense if only to justify their rotting book of primitive myths.

Posted by Boas October 28, 09 09:40 PM

Juste magnifique, tant d'objets (lunes, satellites, anneaux,..) si proches (a l'échelle du système solaire) de leurs planète !

Posted by Yara October 29, 09 09:05 AM

to Boas
well,sun sets in the west,that means the earth is rotating from east to west,unless you are looking at the sun from upside down,i haven't seen the inside of atoms for sure,but if,like you say the electrons are not moving anticlockwise,then the scientists must be wrong,so who is right?you may like to know about a group of scientists who tried to investigate the material of which the blackstone at Mecca(a stone which was sent down to earth from the heavens white,but the sins of men made it black) is made up of,one of them accepted Islam after it was found to be neither a meteor,nor any other heavenly body.this is only a few of the miracles that have been discovered recently,there are somany of them,noone knew at that time how foetus was formed and that there is a separation between the two seas,it doesn't matter if you believe or not,for we have this light by which God lifts us forth from darkness to His Guidance,see in me a sincere adviser,and even if you don't believe,atleast don't speak bad about it.

Posted by we have our light October 29, 09 11:04 AM

if you didn't know that electrons revolve the nucleus in anti-clockwise direction, i think you should make better use of your soap box than comment badly about other religions. hadn't it been prohibited in my religion to curse others or insult them, i think i would have cursed you. hadn't it been that muslims believe in bible( for ur info, we believe bible was send by god, but, mishandled and misinterpreted by man), i would have called your book the same what you have called ours. i respect Jesus and believe in him as a prophet. so, i can't insult him either. no muslim insult bible, Jesus, Mary or the holy spirit( angel Gabriel). so i ask you not to insult islam and our prophet and our God.
Hope you heed this

Posted by a muslim October 29, 09 11:58 AM

And God created your mind, so that you could contemplate and comprehend the beauty of His creation...and then He connected it to the rest of the Universe, but just like billions of asteroids and cosmic particles, many minds get lost and float around in space, randomly, without meaning nor understanding....

Posted by Firefly October 29, 09 02:40 PM

Some of the best satellite imagery I've seen to date. Forget the theological debates and just enjoy the photos. God and science do not conflict unless you want them to.

Posted by Joanne Hook October 29, 09 10:51 PM

Spectacular images!
Its hard to find on the web high quality photos like these!!
Thanks a lot!

Posted by Daniel Alvarez October 30, 09 02:22 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys, I really appreciate it.

Posted by God October 30, 09 03:24 PM

Oh, I'm sorry, you though I was a Christian. No... I don't really care if you feel like insulting the Bible. The only book that matters to me is science. You can pick on that one all you want, too... insult its contents, call them into question, ridicule its authors, by all means. Have a blast. That's why science is so much fun.

Now, on to what you claim is my mistake: in order for something to be rotating anti-clockwise, the object that it is rotating around must first have a polarity. How do you measure the polarity of an atom? The negative component is the electron, which is rotating around the positive and neutral components in the nucleus. Trying to tell which part of this positively charged nucleus is "north" and which is "south" would be like trying to get a compass reading while standing on a perfectly round rubber ball in the middle of space. The single electron that is circling that proton is not traveling anti-clockwise, or clockwise, or north, or south, because there's no way to determine any of those directions.

Someone mentioned that "the scientists" discovered this anti-clockwise rotation of electrons. I'd love to see that report. Please prove me wrong.

Posted by Boas October 30, 09 08:22 PM

This article is reproduced with the permission of New Scientist for exclusive use by Nova users.
The illusion of reality in a quantum world
17 March 2007 news service
Marcus Chown

The superposition involves billions of electrons, so does that make it a bigger cat than carbon-70?
Not necessarily. Electrons travel around a SQUID in duos known as Cooper pairs. Thanks to Marquardt's model, you don't need to move billions of electrons to change one state into the other; shifting just a few Cooper pairs from the clockwise current will make an anticlockwise current - as long as they have enough energy or are travelling fast enough. "Despite the fact that the SQUID supports a macroscopically measurable current, it may in fact be a small cat," says Marquardt.

well,so you seem to agree that the earth revolves around sun anticlockwise,recently scientists also discovered that the ovum, prior to fertilization actually taking place, surrounded by sperms, turns remarkably in anti-clockwise direction.And,Mecca is the centre of the earth and not Greenwich,want to see reports?

Posted by we have our light October 31, 09 02:35 AM

The main point is not whether you are a Christian or not. I just want you not to insult my religion, if not respecting it.

I didn't mean to indicate in my comment in 252 that electrons rotate in just anticlockwise direction. The electrons rotate around the nucleus in anticlockwise and clockwise direcion in their orbitals. this is the statement in "spin quantum number" (designated by letter 's'). Being a science enthusiast (as you have indicated), you got to know that! I don't know how the scientists discovered it, but they do have a lot of complicated instruments. And this I have not read from any islam related article, but , from my science reader (Iam a science student).

By the way an atom other than hydrogen has more than one electron in their shells.

If you take a picture of earth and invert it down, can you say that the north pole is actually south and that the south pole is actually north pole? How did you designate north and south for the earth?

I don't know about the revolution of electrons, for i haven't considered that. But, i did read an article in google saying the revolution of electrons is anticlockwise. i don't know the page..... so don't expect me to show it to you.

Posted by a muslim (252) October 31, 09 04:11 AM

173 icpshootyz, very well explained.
every time people see something amazing they go wild with "praise god".
every time there is a horrible catastrophe they either forget god, or say "god has punished us, we deserved it", or make up any type of explanation where "god" wisely decides what will happen.
absolutely every and anything that happens GOD has acted. good or bad, it is his intention. people are certainly great story tellers with an interesting imagination, and delusion. and hey, god acts and thinks pretty much like a human being, so in the whole universe we are lucky to have our own private god, right here on earth!

GREAT pictures by the way!!

Posted by juan carlos October 31, 09 06:35 AM

Beautiful, weren’t they? The understanding these images caused me effects my motivation to understand my own perfect balance. The images illustrate and prove wonderfully the perfect precision with which the law operates. "Gravity" is a name for it. Doesn’t balance on the grandest scale focus our attention, causing us to recognise the beauty we simply all know? The child of awareness looks out, at the most wondrous effect as our universes perfects balance. Love all your comments children of the light.

Posted by James November 2, 09 04:20 AM

our earth is beautiful,God is great,only man is corrupt.

Posted by hmm November 2, 09 09:05 AM

Pictures are really Great! Shows me what a wonderful God can do.

Posted by Fran November 2, 09 06:29 PM

Excelent post icpshootyz! 2000 years the religious freaks have been polluting the science. Hopefuly, it will not last so long....

Posted by Vanja November 3, 09 08:23 AM

are u saying that people started inhabiting the earth only 2000 years ago,go and read ur history books,the Indian civillilsations,the Roman civilisations began long before that,why is there a period called BC,because there were people living before Jesus to whom he was sent to,and anyway religion doesnot pollute science,rather it encourages man to acquire knowlege and to utillise it for the develpment of his felow men.

Posted by Anonymous November 3, 09 11:40 AM

If you like it than you shoulda put a ring on it.

Posted by PR Walters November 4, 09 11:09 AM

I don't think you have the slightest idea what that copy/pasted report actually means. It certainly doesn't have anything to do with electrons rotating counterclockwise around the nucleus of an atom in their natural state.

Our designation of north and south to the earth's poles is a cultural assignment to a natural phenomenon. We use a compass to point us north, right? However, by looking at geological data from the past we can see that earth's magnetic poles were switched some several hundred thousand years ago. Earth's magnetic field is shifting constantly as the earth rotates... it's just easier for us to put a label on it based on the way the compass works. Do you think the world would end if we suddenly changed our minds and started drawing maps upside down, with Antarctica on the top? It wouldn't matter, and suddenly from our perspective, the rotation of our celestial bodies and the revolution of the solar system would be reversed (assuming we start looking at space from this new perspective).

If you want to keep talking about things that go anticlockwise, and its relationship to Mecca, I have one for you: It happens whenever I flush my toilet.

I said a single electron because I'm assuming we'd just be looking at the rotation of one, like in a hydrogen atom, rather than many. Now that you mention it, though, the mere fact that electrons in state around their nucleus can be described as a "cloud" works against any theory even suggesting a fixed orbital pattern.

Posted by Boas November 4, 09 06:48 PM

human beings assigned north and south (i wonder what culture has to do with it). you are not a scientist or any genius to know how scientists assign north and south to the rotation of electrons. so, don't act like one. you rude fellow, you will have to answer to God one day and you will testify against yourself (it will happen whether you believe or not), I know it is not worth wasting my time trying to help you realise the truth, for you are partial minded. anyway, i might as well say what is in my mind.
for your kind information, orbital is no circular path (orbit is a circular path). Orbitals are electron clouds. so, the cloud theory of electrons do not conflict with the orbital theory as they are the same.
i have done my duty in conveying the truth, but, your obstinacy has prevented you from seeing it. you might regret it later.
if you have something against some muslims, don't get it out at Islam and Allah
(iam expecting a long, boring lecture trying to prove me wrong, for, that is what you always try to do. if you are expecting me to end this argument, i wont do it until and unless the blogger blocks my messages- Insha Allah).

Posted by a muslim(259) November 5, 09 09:41 AM

to Boas
leave the electrons, i've mentioned somany things in nature which go anticlockwise,
here are a few more(from WikiAnswers)" Nature is Left-handed "We run counterclockwise because everything in nature tends towards counterclockwise motion" The list of natural phenomena that run counterclockwise is quite impressive. It includes: the molecule structure of amino acids, the shape of seashells, the rotational direction of all the planets (except Venus), and the orbital direction of the earth around the sun."now name a few that go clockwise

Posted by name them November 5, 09 10:32 AM

I never claimed to be a scientist, or even very smart. Case in point, my oversimplified explanation was misinterpreted because I said something rude about your dumb moon god. Obviously I'm not good enough at communicating this to someone who needs it spelled out perfectly for them.

Maybe I went about this all wrong. I wasn't prepared to give a lecture on Earth's electromagnetic field or the properties of electrons when I made my original comment. My mistake was in trying to argue with someone who is so detached from reality that they will go to such lengths to justify their beliefs. Seriously, counterclockwise rotation? I feel like an idiot for even letting it go this far.

Have fun shuffling around the sand in an anti-clockwise motion because Allah demands good and obedient little drones. I'm going to eat some bacon and read a Danish newspaper.

Posted by Boas November 6, 09 05:49 AM

it is very true,wise people learn much from fools,but fools don't learn from the wise.

Posted by Anonymous November 7, 09 10:50 AM

Ihope they find some intelegint life on other planet becuse we don't have any here

Posted by Anonymous November 7, 09 03:40 PM

i am watching the universe on the history channel, and this is crazy i hope we find life out there before i am grass food. I am with 173! Why would god need thousands of meteorites to crater Saturn's moons like that. it is so far away how does that affect us.

Posted by Scott Anderon November 7, 09 04:43 PM

I am also with 173

Posted by A.Doubter November 7, 09 05:30 PM

It's incredibly amazing and startling to see our outer limitless bounds of our neighboring planets. Still, I see as great as these planets are in the galaxy, Earth, as small as it is next to those titans by far we are rich in all God gives us to survive. Something to reflect on. Thanks technology.

Posted by Ivonne Anapo November 7, 09 08:22 PM

I'm with 173....

Posted by Anonymous November 8, 09 03:33 AM

iam against 173

Posted by Anonymous November 9, 09 02:49 AM

if you are loved by God,you'd be loved by all.

Posted by Anonymous November 9, 09 06:26 AM

God's create all of those.....Incredible..!!!...I wonder If the God give me an opportunity to see the sky....thanks God.

Posted by Noka November 14, 09 07:59 AM

Whenever I see something beautiful like the pictures of Saturn that we now have, I do think of God. The vast immenseness of the planets, the incomprehensible depth of space makes me feel small and humble, and that is what reverence is. I feel reverent when I see God's works. The thing that has piqued my thoughts is that I believe we should feel this same reverence for our own earth, the miracles that happen here on this planet every day. I believe that tradgedy is made by man and miracles are from God. Of course these pictures make people think about God! People are feeling reverence. If one doesn't believe in God, I imagine they just feel small and insignificant.

Posted by making my own point December 4, 09 04:19 PM

lost for's unbelievable how such a mission could even be thought of...hats all the people involved in making these spellbounding images available for us, common people. i feel so happy when I show them to my child....

Posted by Leena, Dominic December 16, 09 03:04 AM

a recent discovery by scientists,modern astronomy confirms that the solar system is indeed moving in space at a rate of 12 miles per second towards a point situated in the constellation of Hercules ( alpha lyrae ) whose exact location has been precisely calculated,astronomers have even give it a name, the solar apex.
the notion of a settled place for the sun is vividly described in Quran "The sun runs its coarse to a settled place That is the decree of the Almighty, the All Knowing."

Posted by the solar apex January 6, 10 03:10 AM


Posted by makenzie January 31, 10 07:44 PM

WOW! The images are just super and the moving images really help understand what is causing the shadows and waves. LOVE IT!

Posted by darcie elliott March 16, 10 02:18 AM

Please pray to your god to grant you the power to spell and punctuate.

Another triumph for The Big Picture.

Posted by jerk March 19, 10 04:35 PM

Please cite your source.
Of course the solar system is moving in space. It's orbiting within the Milky Way. It's not moving in a straight line. It's in orbit around a point which, itself, is also moving through space.

Honestly, people, this is third-grade information here. We have known this for quite some time. In fact, embracing this information as 'proof' of god is really somewhat comical, since this information is coming to you from people who largely do not believe in god, and through methods that would never have been possible had religion remained in power. The only reason these photos exist is because there are people who refuse to accept god as an explanation for everything that happens around us. You should be thanking the heretics of the past rather than god for having the courage to stand up to the religious tyrants in their day in the name of science and reason.

Posted by Squiggly March 27, 10 01:52 AM

can the people commenting get over insulting and degrading each other's beliefs, and maybe focus on the incredible images? one of the most amazing things ive seen, especially the videos of moons affecting the rings... its beautiful; thnks for putting the photos up!
Slagging off at people about whether or not god exists, and taking the opportunity to call someones holy book a 'rotting book of primitive myths' seems really abusive and also completely irrelevant. love saturn, however it was created!

Posted by holly April 6, 10 07:29 AM

By the way, could you explain what it meant in image 8 by 'out of plane components'?

Posted by holly April 6, 10 07:35 AM

Looking at the world of Saturn caused me to feel very deep and powerful emotions. It stirred my soul, God is the best artist and creator, he speaks to your soul. Look at beauty only with your minds eye, feel the emotional stirring he meant for us to feel when we gaze upon anything created for man to appreciate and marvel over. God created beauty for our souls to see, hear, think over, smell,taste, and feel. Art is only meant for the mind to appreciate, never to match the furniture. All creations are art, including the universe. His masterpiece.

Posted by Kelly Pizon August 30, 10 12:51 PM

I have come up with a theory for space travel. It is foolproof and an answer that has been staring back at us for milleniums. From God himself. Nature had the answer all along, who should I discuss this with? I am quite serious and never intentionally make a fool of myself, I am sure about this, I would bet anyone, anything, that this is the way to travel to Saturn,Jupiter, etc.., The safe and very economical way, simple, basic, and faster than anything manmade.

Posted by kelly August 30, 10 01:01 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 20, 10 10:18 AM

sorryyyyyyy,had wanted to reply for so long,but had been kept busy and something had gone wrong with the connection,could access only now.

coming to the references,found many,but for the time being,mentioning few,includes Wikipedia,and Priscilla Frisch (2000). "The Galactic Environment of the Sun", American Scientist.

let us see,in the history,2000 yrs ago,there was Ptolemy's geocentric model in which all celestial bodies,the stars,sun and planets all revolved around the earth,then Aryabhatta's heliocentric model in which sun was the centre around which planets revolved(5th century AD).Copernicus proposed a definitive model in which the planets moved in circles around a central sun.(this was the popular belief in the 15th century.)Even now used are Kepler's laws which state that all planets move in elliptical orbits with the Sun at one of foci,so you see,the beliefs common even in the 16th century (even now,,we were always taught that planets revolve around a stationary sun in fixed orbits) are not true.making the sun stationary at the centre of the universe didn't seem to fit with what i'd known about the vastness of space,sun is only one of the million stars and making a tiny star at the centre of the universe just didn't seem logic to me,that was why i started looking deeper into this verse and found the answer right away,of course"The Sun runs for an appointed term,that is the Decree of The Mighty,The Knowing".thanks to u,i started looking deeper into the subject!

if there are a few theists who disapprove scientific endeavours,it doesnot mean that all God loving peoople are against it,i still believe there are atleast a few theists out there who are interested in the explorations and contribute their parts towards it.we are still looking forward for great shots from you,Big Picture............

Posted by a theist with an explorative mind December 29, 10 10:15 AM
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