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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Spectacular Saturn and its ring system from Cassini

Published on Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

 

saturn-ringsSaturn's rings. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

 

This enhanced colour image of Saturn was taken by the joint NASA, ESA and Italian Space Agency mission Cassini, capturing the system while the Sun was behind the planet. This unusual high-phase view is from about 19° below the ring plane and uses infrared, red and violet filters to capture details of the ring structure in particular. Two moons can be seen below and left of the planet, Enceladus and (far left) Tethys.

This image is published in the February 2013 issue of Astronomy & Geophysics.