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Dec 29 2011

How big is Saturn?

 

 Answer: Pretty fucking big! I saw this on Phil’s site and of course had to swipe it immediately. What you’re seeing is an outline of the lower 48 states superimposed to scale on Saturn. The thin line bisecting the outline is the rings seen edge on, the banded items below the outline on Saturn’s surface are the shadows cast by dozens of major rings and hundreds of minor ones. You can’t even see the poles or the rounded limb of Saturn in this image, the planet is simply too large. Click image to embiggen and enlighten.

2 comments

  1. 1
    unbound

    But is it as big as Uranus?

    Sorry. Just couldn’t resist the elementary school memories…

  2. 2
    TX_secular

    Mind blowing…

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