Thursday, May 4, 2017

NASA footage gives us our best look yet at Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft returned the closest, clearest images of Saturn’s atmosphere as it swooped between the gas giant and its rings last month. NASA recently released a video showing an hour’s worth of images in time lapse, so you can make out tiny details in this never-before-explored part of our solar system. The most striking image of the footage is the dark spot at the very beginning, which is actually, according to NASA, “the swirling vortex at the planet’s north pole.” Cassini raced through the gap, which scientists are calling “The Big Empty” as it doesn’t have the high levels of dust…

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