There’s no doubt that Saturn is a beautiful planet and this is only being reassured from some of latest photos from the Cassini probe, which is currently on its “Grand Finale”, orbiting around the planet and taking snaps along the way.
One of these photos is simply spectacular and we just had to share it with you, it was snapped back on January 22nd but was only released this week on May 8th, the delay was due to the time that it has taken to send the photo back home.
And it was well worth it.
You can see it in the image above, which shows a picture that was taken around 560,000 miles away from Saturn’s gas tops, capturing a spectacular view of Saturn’s hexagon eye with a massive resolution of around 33 miles per pixel.
That never blinking eye is around 20,000 miles wide and consists of air that is travelling at around 200 mph according to scientists, creating one of the most spectacular views in the observable space.
Thankfully, this won’t be the last photos that we see of Saturn as the Cassini orbiter is scheduled to take many more photos during the course of its “Grand Finale”, which is a phase of its mission in which it will make a series of 22 dives between Saturn and its innermost rings.
After this, Cassini will make its final dive into Saturn on September 15th, which will be done to make sure that it does not contaminate Titan or Enceladus, which are two of Saturn’s moons that are thought to host life.
We will be sure to update you over the course of Cassini’s final mission.