Sunlight streams through the high-altidude haze layer that extends completely around the giant moon, Titan, in this view of the moon's crescent taken by Cassini. Some fine structure can be spotted in the ever-shifting hazes in Titan's northern polar reaches to the top.
The distant sky beyond Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) is not empty, but instead is filled by the immense bulk of Saturn, 1.3 million kilometers (800,000 miles) beyond. The view is toward the night side of both worlds.
(Titan's image is saturated near the five o'clock position.)
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 2, 2006 at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 163 degrees. Image scale is 14 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel on Titan.
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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.