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