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About seven years ago I received a telescope as a gift for twenty five years of service from my employer. It sat in the box for quite some time but one night I set it up but really had no clue as to how to use it. Being a gearhead, I don’t find instructions that useful. With some experimenting I was able to see Saturn and its rings. It is one thing to see a picture of Saturn but even more amazing to see Saturn through a telescope with your own eye. Today NASA published the picture below that was taken by the Cassini spacecraft from 900,000,000 miles away from earth.

NASA/JPL/Cassini/Guillermo Abramson

NASA/JPL/Cassini/Guillermo Abramson

The blue dot in the lower right is a picture of Earth with the rings of Saturn at the top. If you look closely you can see me smiling and waving hello.