When seen from the unlit side, the rings of Saturn present a much different appearance from that familiar to telescopic observers, as shown in this image captured by NASA's Voyager 1.

When seen from the unlit side, the rings of Saturn present a much different appearance from that familiar to telescopic observers. Relatively opaque areas like the B Ring turn black, while lightly populated zones, such as the C Ring and the Cassini Division, prove to excellent diffuse transmitters of sunlight. The A Ring, with intermediate opacity, is at an intermediate level of brightness.

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