CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Cassini takes in a sweeping view of Saturn's south polar region as the planet's shadow masks the rings and bright, icy Mimas looks on from left.

This view looks toward the lit side of the rings from about 28 degrees below the ringplane. Mimas is 396 kilometers (246 miles) wide.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this color view. The view was acquired with the wide-angle camera on Feb. 20, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 58 kilometers (36 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 27, 2007 (PIA 08367)
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Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 29, 2007 at 8:10 AM):
The equinox at Saturn occurs in August 2009, and there are observations planned of the rings and moon shadows during that time.
Red_dragon (Mar 29, 2007 at 7:40 AM):
Very epic. Talking about shadows: I hope that Cassini will still be around during 2010. During that epoch, Saturn's ring will be seen edge-on from Earth,thus we'll be able to see how the shadows of the moons transit over the planet (the HST captured that during 1995).It would be nice to see that from Saturn's orbit,not from Earth's orbit.