A new photo taken by a satellite exploring Saturn and its many moons shows the ringed planet seemingly wrapped in a moody looking haze that actually looks more like art and less like science.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this image in May using an infrared filter, giving the photo its distinct, spooky glow, the space agency said.
“Infrared images can help scientists determine the location of clouds in the planet’s atmosphere,” NASA said in a statement.
In particular, this image can give scientists a sense of methane’s presence in Saturn’s atmosphere. There isn’t much methane in the planet’s atmosphere; however, the amount that is present changes the amount of light reflected by some Saturnian clouds, NASA said. Read more…