CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Night Side Rings

Night Side Rings
PIA 14623

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  Saturn casts a wide shadow across its rings in this Cassini view which looks toward the darkened southern hemisphere of the night side of the planet.

See PIA12734 and PIA12705 to see other dramatic views depicting and explaining the interplay of sunlight between Saturn and its rings.

Janus (111 miles, 179 kilometers across) appears as a small white dot in the bottom left of the view, beyond the rings. Epimetheus (70 miles, 113 kilometers across) appears in the top left.

This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 20 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 24, 2012. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 103 degrees. Image scale is 71 miles (115 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: August 27, 2012 (PIA 14623)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Aug 30, 2012 at 2:33 AM):
It's a pleasure to see again images taken from outside the plane of the rings.