The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Nearly behind Saturn
Filed under pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Saturn, Saturn's rings
Cassini sat practically in Saturn's shadow to take this extremely high-phase view of the planet and its edge-on rings. The rings cast shadows on the southern hemisphere toward the bottom of the planet's visible crescent. With the Sun nearly in front of the camera, stray light creates a thin, colorful veil over the night side of the planet. In this view, the most sunlit edge of the crescent is overexposed; this is probably not true of the actual science data, only of the raw JPEG version of the data.
NASA / JPL / SSI / processed by Emily Lakdawalla
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Original image data dated on or about March 19, 2011
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