Venus From Saturn, Cassini Image (November 10, 2012)

Venus From Saturn, Cassini Image (November 10, 2012)

Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, Cassini spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Saturn means that Venus only shows up as a white dot, just above and to the right of the image center.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 17 degrees below the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on November 10, 2012.

Venus is one of the four terrestrial planets in the Solar System, so it is a rocky body like Earth. It is also similar to Earth in size and mass, and is often described as Earth’s “sister” or “twin”. But the similarity ends here, since Venus has an atmosphere of carbon dioxide that reaches nearly 900 degrees Fahrenheit (500 degrees Celsius) and a surface pressure 100 times that of Earth.

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