Science Art: Sunrise Over Saturn and its Rings, W00018160.jpg, 2006

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On September 15, 2006, the Cassini Space Probe had its historic rendezvous with Saturn, giving us – five days later – the first up-close look at the most distinctive planet in our solar system.

This is what a sunrise looks like from 1,435 billion kilometers away (plus nearly 2 million kilometers – that’s how far away the tiny space craft was from the very big planet to get even this much of it in the frame).

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute photo found at the Saturn Today collection.