Around Saturn

Waltz Around Saturn with this video showing highlights from Cassini’s exploration of the giant planet, its magnificent rings, and fascinating family of moons.
(WARNING: this video may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy)

The video is dedicated to the memory of Margherita Hack, astrophysicist and popular science writer (2013)
She made me love the stars

music Dmitri Shostakovich – Jazz Suite No.2: VI. Waltz 2 – Armonie Symphony Orchestra (thanks to Erica Alberti for suggestion)
image from Cassini–Huygens spacecraft mission to the Saturn system by NASA and European Space Agency
edit by Fabio Di Donato

This video shows a selection from more than 200.000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn’s Rings in a period between 2004 and 2012, published through the Planetary Data System between June 2005 and June 2013 – If you want to know more about the mission please visit

For an in-depth explanation of what you can see in this video here is a great article by Phil Plait:

And yes, at 2:10 you can watch the moon of Mimas where the large Herschel crater makes the moon look like the Death Star in the movie “Star Wars” by George Lucas

An interview by Ben Richmond on the making of Around Saturn:

RAW images were processed to PNG thanks to the Vicar-to-PNG procedure provided by Jessica McKellar and Adam Fletcher:
I used a 30 fps sequence, 1 picture x frame

Friday, July 19th 2013 @ 2:27 p.m. Earth was captured in a photo taken by NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn. This video partecipated to the ‪#‎WaveAtSaturn‬ and #DayEarthSmiled events

For more images from space please watch:
Delicate Home
Dancing with the Stars

If you enjoyed the fast montage please watch:
Feel the tech touch
or jump on the cockpit of a high speed train:
Mad Train (4 min)
Tunnels (8 min)

For more videos with classical music:

Thanks to Miura Trabucco for constantly reviewing my works and always suggesting the right thing (and for the title 🙂

This is not the first video made with Cassini footage, here in the vimeo community you can find many other great videos on Saturn, please watch them

Some articles about this video:

Love, Fabio