The Most Beautiful Views of Saturn

The Most Beautiful Views of Saturn
December 19, 2012

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn’s shadow. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are backlit (The sun is behind the planet).

Images taken using infrared, red and violet spectral filters were combined to create this enhanced-color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 17, 2012 at a distance of approximately 500,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) from Saturn.

This is a rare view, as the last time the Cassini spacecraft was able to take a backlit view of Saturn and the rings was 2006:

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