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31/07/2013 13:43 BST

'Death Star' Moons Passing In The Night Pictured Around Saturn (PICTURES)

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It might look like something from a Galaxy Far, Far Away… but it's actually quite a bit closer to Earth.

Nasa and ESA's Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has produced some amazing images during its long, circular path around Saturn, but this might rank as one of the best - and one of the strangest.

The picture depicts the moons of Mimas and Pandora - and while the scientific merit of the picture is clear, it's also impossible to ignore the resemblance of the former, larger moon to the Death Star of Star Wars fame.

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Pandora, the smallest of the two, is just 50 miles across and lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a circular shape.

Mimas, which is 246 miles across - actually much larger than the 120km Death Star 1 - is pictured at a distance of roughly 690,000 miles, at a scale of four miles per pixel.

The resemblance of Mimas to the fictional space station has been noted before, however - though as far as we know no white armoured clones have been discovered patrolling subterranean halls inside its rocky structure, as yet.