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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Nearly behind Saturn

Filed under pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Saturn, Saturn's rings

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Nearly behind Saturn 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

Copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about March 19, 2011

 

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