I thought perhaps I should mention that the new banner is a detail taken from a 1979 Voyager photograph of Jupiter, presented by the one and only APOD. Something about some really cool digital processing by Björn Jónsson.
Anyway, yeah. Nifty.
I adore this picture.
If you want a photographic critique, I suppose I could say the exaggerated colors make it look like a really cool scene from an anime, but that’s not it. Besides, how do I make a proper critique of an image shot from 1.3 million miles away from its object? By a robot? Flying through outer space? A billion miles from home?
But speaking of home, if you look just inside the G ring to the left of Saturn, you might see a tiny dot.
That’s Earth. Home. Us. From nearly a billion miles away.
How can I not adore this picture?