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Scattered Sunlight

Scattered Sunlight
PIA 09851

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  Sunlight scatters through Saturn's rings, emerging on the unilluminated side.

Prometheus (86 kilometers, 53 miles across) and Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) are visible here, respectively internal and external to the narrow F ring.

This view looks toward the rings from about 17 degrees above the ringplane. The planet's shadow darkens the rings near upper left.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 20, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 103 kilometers (64 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 5, 2008 (PIA 09851)
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Mercury_3488 (Mar 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM):
Absolutely wonderful.

Andrew Brown.