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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

In Saturn's Shadow

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, November 14, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, space science

The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn continues stunning everyone with its photography. The latest example is a beautiful back-lit image of the ringed world looking back towards the inner solar system.


Saturn  (credit: Cassini Imaging Team, JPL, NASA, ESA)

According to the imaging team: "Cassini drifted in the giant planet's shadow and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. The night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its rings. Saturn's rings appear as majestic as always even from this odd angle."

Appearing in the amazing natural color photograph is Saturn's E-ring that is created by unusual ice-volcanoes erupting from the moon Enceladus.

Amazing Saturn indeed!

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