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On July 19, 2013, NASA’s Cassini orbiter passed into Saturn’s shadow and turned toward the Sun, capturing an image of the planet’s night side and the backlit semi-transparent rings. Cassini also captured seven of the moons and three planets. This was the third time our home planet was imaged from the outer Solar System; the second time it was imaged by Cassini from Saturn’s orbit; and it was the first time ever that inhabitants of Earth were made aware in advance that their photo would be taken from such a great distance.

Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

In this video posted on her blog, Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society talks us through some of the hidden features of this spectacular mosaic.

Credit: Emily Lakdawalla (via YouTube)

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