Image Credit: NASA/ESA

If you were in orbit around Saturn, what would it look like? Probably, something like this.

This picture, taken by the famous Cassini Spacecraft in 2006, approximates what the unaided human eye might expect to see when gazing upon the ringed planet from the Saturnian Space Station we’ll definitely have in the future for vacationing.

The rings themselves appear as a very thin line, splitting the picture down its center. The rings cast an elegant shadow stretching along the left side of the image. If you look near the “top” of Saturn (in the picture) you’ll see a little bump n the rings, that is the icy moon Enceladus.

The coloration you see isn’t a trick of photography, or a “trick of the light,” but is very real. The Northern (left side) hemisphere of Saturn has a blueish appearance. The mechanism that causes the blueish hue is probably the same as that on Earth, basically Saturn’s atmosphere scatters blue light the best. The Southern hemisphere of Saturn has a much more prominent gold color, which is weird and we don’t really know how the planet pulls that off.

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