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Saturn mosaic on October 28, 2016
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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).
NASA / JPL / SSI / Ian Regan
Here are the raw frames that went into composing the image.
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.
Ring-Moon Systems Node Saturn Viewer
Simulated views of Saturn at the beginning and end of the "Glutton for Punishment" mosaic
Original image data dated on or about October 28, 2016.
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