A waltz around Saturn
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:02 AM -
Its creator calls it a "waltz around Saturn" -- a timelapse video made up of thousands of photos of the ringed gas giant sent back by the Cassini space probe.
Italian ICT consultant Fabio di Donato, who dabbles in video and graphic design editing, painstakingly stitched together 200,000 images of the planet, taken between 2004 and 2012.
The video takes viewers through Saturn's rings and across the planet's face, even visits the giant's major moons, at a rate of one picture per frame, 30 frames per second.
That strangely appropriate soundtrack is a jazz suite from Dmitri Shostakovich and the Armonie Symphony Orchestra (Di Donato is an admitted music enthusiast).
The Cassini mission, a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency, has been a gold mine of information about Saturn, even successfully landing a probe on the mysterious moon of Titan.
Check out more creations from Fabio di Donato on his Vimeo feed.