Let’s venture outside the 500px community for a moment… like WAAAYYY outside. About 1.2 billion kilometers outside the community to a little planet you may have heard of called Saturn and a photo recently beamed down by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that just took our breath away.

The photo above (and below) literally shows a scene that no Earth-bound photographer could ever hope to capture.

On Earth, you can photograph one crescent moon, and if you’re good with Photoshop you can turn it into three easily enough; but on Saturn you can sometimes see three at the same time. No Photoshop required:


According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the photo above shows “Titan (3,200 miles or 5,150 kilometers across), Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), and Rhea (949 miles or 1,527 kilometers across)” all appearing in the same frame captured by Cassini’s narrow angle camera on March 25, 2015.

Here’s a bit more detail courtesy of NASA:

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (2.0 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale at Titan is 75 miles (121 kilometers) per pixel. Mimas was 1.9 million miles (3.1 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 11.4 miles (18.4 kilometers) per pixel. Rhea was 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 13.1 miles (21.1 kilometer) per pixel.

To learn more about this photo or the Cassini mission in general, head over to the JPL website. And if you’re feeling particularly inspired to look up at the night sky tonight, remember to take your camera with you and upload what you capture to 500px tomorrow.