Hot off the presses (or image-processing computers) of the Cassini team is this gorgeous photograph of two planets. In case you’re not quite seeing the second one, it’s the teeny bright “star” visible through Saturn’s rings, just to the left of the planet’s shadow. That is Venus.
From the photo’s source page:
Though 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, it is considered a twin to our planet because of their similar size, mass, rocky composition and orbit. Venus is covered in thick sulfuric acid clouds, making it very bright.
Unlike many Cassini photos, which have been taken with various filters and processed in ways that create a false color image, this one is true to what our eyes would see if we were there.
And in a way, we are. “Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space.”
(Click the image to cronate.)