What is this?
Is it an abstract painting? I got it from a painter’s blog. It’s an interesting image, isn’t it. Very geometric with its clean and minimalist line and sphere. Actually, it’s a photograph. What do you think it might be a photograph of? With the shading on the spherical object, it might be a picture of the moon, but oddly backlit. “Moon” would be a good guess. It is a moon, but not “the” moon — Saturn’s moons Rhea. The horizontal line is Saturn’s ring system viewed edge on, and the hazy background is Saturn itself. The photograph was taken by NASA’s Cassini-Huygens robotic spacecraft.
Here’s some more “abstract art” by Cassini-Huygens:
A little experiment in how what we expect to see influences our perceptions. What do you think the last one is a photo of?