On July 19, 2013, NASA's Cassini Saturn orbiter drifted behind the ringed gas giant, photographing this mosaic of Saturn blocking the sun. The magnificent view of Saturn and its rings weren't only accompanied by a few of the planet's system of moons -- Earth, Venus and Mars were captured also. As a part of the "Wave at Saturn" campaign, on July 19, the world had advanced notice that Cassini would be capturing Earth's distant portrait, prompting millions to wave at the planet and share their photos across the Internet.
Hi-res versions of these photos can be found on the CICLOPS "The Day the Earth Smiled" pages.
The mission captured a wide angle view of Saturn's extended ring system out to Saturn's second outermost ring, the E ring.
The mosaic of 141 wide angle photos were captured in light that we would see via naked eye, encapsulating 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across Saturn and its inner ring system. Mars, Venus and Earth were also captured in the mosaic as distant points of light.
Saturn's many moons can also be seen throughout its extensive ring system.
This image is a collage of 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's "Wave at Saturn" campaign in July 19. "In this one magnificent view, Cassini has delivered to us a universe of marvels," said Carolyn Porco, Cassini's imaging team lead at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., in a news release. "And it did so on a day people all over the world, in unison, smiled in celebration at the sheer joy of being alive on a pale blue dot."