Photo of the Day
via Washington Post
"The Pacific Ocean from the cockpit of an airplane. The photographer and pilot, Santiago Borja, says he was circling around it at 37,000 feet altitude en route to South America when he captured this spectacular view.
Borja said it was difficult to get the shot in near-darkness and during a bumpy ride. “Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights,” Borja told The Washington Post in an email."
Will Strathmann took this photo in Krabi, Thailand. “[I] heard that the bioluminescence [was] beginning to peak under the new moon … While this photo doesn’t come close to the actual experience, I am proud I was able to capture and share this magical moment.”
The rings of are only about 30 feet (10 meters) thick in most parts of the main rings, other parts however are often up to several kilometers thick. The rings are made of dusty ice, in the form of boulder-sized and smaller chunks that gently collide with each other as they orbit around Saturn. Saturn’s gravitational field constantly disrupts these ice chunks, keeping them spread out and preventing them from combining to form a moon.