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Yes, these are real images.
Everyone has their own way of saying happy holidays. For NASA, it’s a montage of Saturn pictures set to the relaxing tune of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Created using more than 60 breathtaking shots, the short clip shows Saturn’s moons dancing to the Nutcracker suite, an eight-score compilation Tchaikovsky packaged from his legendary ballet. Called “Saturn Moon Ballet,” NASA’s work of art features a few of Saturn’s 53 confirmed moons as they gracefully glide around the Ringed Planet.
“This spin on the Nutcracker Suite features the moons of Saturn! Sit back and watch as they majestically dance around the ringed planet: https://youtu.be/hkJo9yb1byk The movie clips are a compilation of ~61 pics taken by @CassiniSaturn, which ended its mission Sept. 15.”
This spin on the Nutcracker Suite features the moons of Saturn! Sit back and watch as they majestically dance around the ringed planet: https://t.co/itvoJoAfKO The movie clips are a compilation of ~61 pics taken by @CassiniSaturn, which ended its mission Sept. 15. pic.twitter.com/5sAOfE6tBD— NASA (@NASA) December 25, 2017
Just to emphasize, these are real images. They were taken by the Cassini spacecraft, which just recently completed its 13-year mission, where it sent loads of data about Saturn, its moons, and those beautiful icy rings back to earth.
All of the images were taken between Aug. 7 and Nov. 8, 2009. The Cassini spacecraft made its fateful plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere in September, but as this video and these mesmerizing images show, its legacy will live on forever.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.