In 2004, the Cassini spacecraft flew into Saturn’s neighborhood, taking photographs as it went. It’s been there ever since, sending a steady stream of images to its handlers back home.
Those images are now finding their way into an IMAX movie called Outside In, where they are being edited and compiled into some spectacular moving footage. Two and a half minutes of this footage has now been released, apparently just to tease us. The tease is quite effective — if tickets were on sale today, I’d buy mine immediately.
Best viewed in full screen. And keep in mind, as you goggle at this gorgeous footage, that it’s not a computer simulation or an artist’s rendering. This is the real thing, photographed by one of our scientific exploration spaceships and viewed on your home computer. I love technology!
(via Astronomy Picture of the Day, which details exactly what you’re looking at in this video.)