Night Side

Saturn's rings and Tethys

Cassini’s view as it passed through the shadow of Saturn and caught a glimpse of the backlit rings and the ice moon Tethys. This image comes to us in natural color as processed by Gordan Ugarkovic.

Sent by: Cassini | From: Saturn | Released: January, 2009 | Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI/Ugarkovic | Image source

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No, that’s where the rings start to curve back around so they look brighter at that point. It just so happens Saturn’s shadow split the rings almost in half, only the far side is visible.

If you could see the entire rings, they’d be very compressed as the view is from just above the ring plane.

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