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Dramatic photo of Saturn shows off a tiny moon floating in the distance

An itty-bitty moon looks like nothing more than a point of light above Saturn in a new photo taken by a venerable spacecraft traversing the ringed planet.

The moon, called Mimas, is only about 246 miles in diameter and features a distinctive crater that makes it look eerily similar to the Death Star (of Star Wars fame).

But you can’t really see any of that in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Instead, Saturn’s north polar hexagon — an oddly shaped jet stream surrounding a raging storm — dominates this view, with the planet’s rings peeking out on the horizon.

What makes this photograph even more amazing is the almost impossible perspective that it was taken from. The size of Saturn in comparison to the tiny moon definitely shows in this image and makes us realise even more just how giant it is.

Cassini caught this shot when it was about 617,000 miles from Saturn in March.

The spacecraft is currently in an orbit that brings it within Saturn and its plane of rings, a part of space that no other probe has been to previously.

Cassini will continue in this orbit until the end of its mission in September, when it will make a planned death dive into the planet’s atmosphere, ending its mission.

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Ryan Keenan

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