Saturn eclipsed by the sun. You can see the back of the planet due to the reflections from the billions of icy particles that form the ring systems. Note the small pale dot in the upper left hand corner of Saturn's outer rings. That's Earth!

"Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
– Carl Sagan

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

Photograph taken by the Cassini spacecraft on 15 September 2006

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