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Rhea, ring shadows, and moon shadows on Saturn

Rhea, ring shadows, and moon shadows on Saturn

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NASA / JPL / SSI / Björn Jónsson

Rhea, ring shadows, and moon shadows on Saturn
Just below Saturn's equator, the gray globe of Rhea hovers against the yellow background. The equator is marked by a thin dark band, a highly foreshortened view of Saturn's ring system. Saturn's rings cast shadows on the northern hemisphere; these shadows are dropping in latitude as the seasons proceed toward northern hemisphere spring. Above the ring shadows is a tiny dark dot, a shadow cast by one of Saturn's small moons. To the lower right of the image is a dark smudge, a shadow cast by Iapetus, Saturn's outermost large moon.
The images for this color composite were captured by Cassini on June 15, 2007 at 07:22 UTC from a distance of about 1.2 million kilometers (720,000 miles).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Björn Jónsson

Original image data dated on or about June 15, 2007

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