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Eclipse of Rhea by Saturn

Eclipse of Rhea by Saturn

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / color and animation by Gordan Ugarkovic

Eclipse of Rhea by Saturn
On 19 August 2008, Cassini observed Rhea as it passed into Saturn's shadow.

These eclipses were most frequent around Saturn's equinox. Cassini's science team is particularly interested in using the eclipses to study how the temperature of the icy surface drops after its quick plunge into darkness, and, later, how quickly it heats when the lights come back on again.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Gordan Ugarkovic

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