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Saturn mosaic on October 28, 2016

Saturn mosaic on October 28, 2016

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NASA / JPL / SSI / Ian Regan

Saturn mosaic on October 28, 2016
Cassini took the images for this wide view of Saturn on October 28, 2016, less than a year before the end of the mission. The season has advanced virtually to the opposite of what it was when Cassini arrived: it's full summer in the north pole, where Saturn's clouds make a hexagon shape. The season makes Saturn cast a relatively short shadow onto its rings. The night side of Saturn is faintly illuminated by reflected ringshine. Three moons are visible: Epimetheus (just above the right ansa, near Saturn); and Atlas and Prometheus (at the tip of the left ansa).

Here are the raw frames that went into composing the image.

Frames for the

NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Frames for the "Glutton for Punishment" mosaic

This pair of simulations shows the positions of the moons at the start and end of the mosaic.

Simulated views of Saturn at the beginning and end of the

Ring-Moon Systems Node Saturn Viewer

Simulated views of Saturn at the beginning and end of the "Glutton for Punishment" mosaic

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Original image data dated on or about October 28, 2016

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