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Symmetry in Shadow

Symmetry in Shadow
PIA 08358

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  Magnificent blue and gold Saturn floats obliquely as one of its gravity-bound companions, Dione, hangs in the distance. The darkened rings seem to nearly touch their shadowy reverse images on the planet below.

This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 9 degrees above the ringplane. The rings glow feebly in the scattered light that filters through them.

Dione is 1,123 kilometers (698 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 4, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (800,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 75 kilometers (47 miles) 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 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 1, 2007 (PIA 08358)
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Alliance Member Comments
Moonsister (Mar 15, 2007 at 2:51 AM):
Before these images of Saturn from odd angles were released, I had an idea for a pen/ink/pastel study of just such an odd view..ya beat me to it, and I'm glad you did, as anything I'd do would pale in comparison. Thanks for illustrating my dream!! Georgeous!!
vista (Mar 7, 2007 at 3:58 PM):

This is a stunning image of Saturn with one of its moon's Dione.
Saturn's many storms can be seen in the norther part of the planet, and the
Magnificent blue and gold colours are very strange as the make the planet look like a painting.

A great image one of Cassini top images that it has sent back to Earth so far into its Mission.
gandalf (Mar 7, 2007 at 11:31 AM):
Stunning view in image PIA 08358, with the rings leaving a crisp shadow on Saturn's globe. Nice touch with a crescent Dione in the background. Keep these magnificent images coming !
Iapetus Monolith (Mar 6, 2007 at 5:28 PM):
How fortunate we are to be intelligent, sentient beings living in an era of robotic space exploration capable of delivering such stirring images! One can only wonder how many of the sentient beings produced by this universe have already been or will ever be so privileged. And will future generations of earthlings go on to find such views commonplace, or is this a unique opportunity, never to be repeated in the future history of humanity?
Electra (Mar 3, 2007 at 11:05 PM):
A room with that view? Leave your 'puter on with that picture up. ;-)
bruno.thiery (Mar 3, 2007 at 3:34 AM):
I want a room with that view...
Red_dragon (Mar 2, 2007 at 1:19 AM):
Magnificent. Again, a view worthwile of the best sci-fi made real. Thank you very much for these stunning views.
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 1, 2007 at 3:55 PM):
It is lovely, isn't it? You folks have good taste!
DEChengst (Mar 1, 2007 at 1:17 PM):
Another work of art by the ISS team :)
jrjones (Mar 1, 2007 at 11:31 AM):
Absolutely stunningly beautiful. A "10" for sure.