Saturn's Rings

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Natural color image of Saturn and its ring system taken by the Cassini spacecraft on March 3, 2017.

This image captures the night hemisphere of Saturn and its ring system from high over Saturn's mid-southern latitudes. The rings are backlit by sunlight, with the brightness of individual rings corresponding to both the size and density of particles within the ring.

The night side of Saturn is illuminated by ringshine. The brighter northern hemisphere is due to direct reflection from the rings, while the darker southern hemisphere is illuminated from the backlit rings.

This image sequence was taken at a distance of ~675,000 km during Rev 263. It combines images taken through Cassini's RED, GRN, and BL1 filters.\

Image Credit: NASA / JPL / Cassini-ISS / Justin Cowart

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