Incredible photo of Saturn by Cassini spacecraft shows ringed giant dwarfing moon


posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM EDT


Forgive us if we geek out from time to time on amazing images from outer space. Some of these shots from NASA are really quite incredible.

Case in point is this photo of Saturn captured recently by NASA's Cassini probe, which has been orbiting the massive ringed planet for over eight years.

To give you some perspective on the size of this gas giant, the tiny dot above Saturn is not a speck of dust on the image, it's actually one of the planet's moons, Mimas, which is 246 miles across.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Some have compared Mimas to the "Death Star," from the movie Star Wars because of the huge crater, known as Hershel, that dominates one side.

During its orbit, Cassini has captured more than 300,000 images of Saturn and its 60+ moons. For more information on the cameras Cassini is using to document the Saturnian system, click here.

Check out an amazing image of Mimas also shot by NASA's Cassini spacecraft below.

(Via Mashable)

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute