Michael Benson: reflections on Saturn

Otherworlds artist Michael Benson discusses his images of Saturn – 'one of the most extraordinary things ever seen in nature'.

Working with data returned by NASA's Cassini Orbiter spacecraft, Benson has created a series of works showing Saturn and its extraordinary ring system.

The images are among the 77 photographs appearing in Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System.

Cassini has been in continual orbit around Saturn since 2004, capturing images of the planet in varying lighting conditions and from a wide range of angles.

Benson used data returned by Cassini between 2006 and 2007 to create Dark Side of the Rings and Night Side of Saturn - two pieces that show how Saturn's rings reflect sunlight to create stunning visual effects.

High Above Saturn's North Pole, the most recent image of Saturn in the exhibition, is a portrait of the full planet and ring system. It was created using images taken by Cassini in 2013.