Photo of Earth Peeking Between Saturn’s Rings Will Make You Feel Small

Saturn's Rings

This photo will put your life in perspective and show you how small and tiny we actually are in this vast space.

A new photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft near Saturn shows Earth as a small speck of light, framed and dwarfed by Saturn’s famous rings.

Cassini was 870 million miles away from Earth when it snapped this photo on April 12, according to NASA.

Saturn's Rings

“Although far too small to be visible in the image, the part of Earth facing Cassini at the time was the southern Atlantic Ocean,” NASA said in a statement.

Called the “overview effect” by some, looking down at our planet from far away helps you understand how tiny, fragile, and immensely important it is.

Only about 500 people have been to space and afforded this kind of view in person, but photos like the one taken from Saturn are, at least in some way, designed to bring that overview effect down to a wider number of people.

Saturn's Rings

This isn’t Cassini’s first photo of Earth from Saturn. In 2013, the spacecraft snapped an incredible view of our home alongside our moon.

Other spacecraft have also taken photos like this from far-off parts of the solar system.

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