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Saturn, and Earth, in a Rare New Light

In a unique, 12-hour-long solar occultation that placed Cassini deep within the shadow of Saturn, out of the sun's glare and in a geometry in which fine particles brighten substantially, the cameras captured images, being released today, of new Saturnian phenomena and a comforting glimpse of Earth seen among the rings of Saturn.

Sep 19, 2006: Pale Blue Orb - Not since the Voyager 1 spacecraft saw our home as a pale blue dot from beyond the orbit of Neptune has Earth been imaged in color from the outer solar system.
Sep 19, 2006: Ghostly Fingers of Enceladus - Wispy fingers of bright, icy particles reach several tens of thousands of kilometers outward from Enceladus into the E ring, while the moonís active south polar jets continue to fire away.
Sep 19, 2006: The Janus/Epimetheus Ring - A new diffuse ring, coincident with the orbits of Saturnís moonís Janus and Epimetheus, has been revealed in ultra-high phase angle views from Cassini.

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