Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Cassini Spies Bright Venus from Saturn Orbit
This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 17 degrees below the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 10, 2012. The bright arc is the limb of Saturn. A portion of the rings is seen in silhouette against the face of Saturn, which itself is faintly illuminated by sunlight scattered off the rings. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 802,000 kilometers from Saturn and at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 178 degrees.