Saturday, August 25, 2007

Saturn: At a Tilt

Saturn's Rings

Colorful Saturn tilts its darkened ringplane toward Cassini. Against the dark sky, the rings are made visible by the light that scatters through them toward the camera.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings. The planet is visible through the innermost and outermost portions of the rings.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained by the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 13, 2007, at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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