Cassini photo puts Earth in perspective

Cassini photo puts Earth in perspective

Probe captures planet from 1.4 billion kilometers away

By Andrew Grant, 16:10 PM July 25, 2013

It’s more of a bright blue blotch than a pale blue dot, but Earth still looks awfully insignificant in this July 19 photograph. It was taken by NASA’s Cassini probe, which is more than 1.4 billion kilometers away in orbit around Saturn.

Earth is just right of center in the photo, while the moon is barely visible as a protrusion off Earth’s right side. Saturn dominates the upper left of the image and the planet’s rings are brightly illuminated.

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