Saturn casts a wide shadow across its rings in view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft which looks toward the darkened southern hemisphere of the night side of the planet.
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Night Side Rings

Saturn casts a wide shadow across its rings in this Cassini spacecraft view which looks toward the darkened southern hemisphere of the night side of the planet.

See PIA12734 and PIA12705 to see other dramatic views depicting and explaining the interplay of sunlight between Saturn and its rings.

Janus (111 miles, or 179 kilometers across) appears as a small white dot in the bottom left of the view, beyond the rings. Epimetheus (70 miles, or 113 kilometers across) appears in the top left.

This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 20 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 24, 2012. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 103 degrees. Image scale is 71 miles (115 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.

Image details

ID#:
PIA14623

Date added:
2012-08-27

Target:
S Rings

Mission:
Cassini-Huygens

Spacecraft:
Cassini Orbiter

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle

Size:
1005 x 994 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
1,644

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA14623.tif (1 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA14623.jpg (0.04 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute