Friday, January 14, 2005

Saturn and his children

Saturn dominating our sky last evening, as the Huygens space probe begins its descent onto the surface of Titan. Here is the planet as it might have looked through a telescope, surrounded by its major moons, and, at the upper right, a star of Gemini. Amazing to be looking at that dot of light in the sky, 750 million miles away, knowing that a human instrument of knowing is about to bring a new world into our ken.