A Splendor Seldom Seen…..

A Splendor Seldom Seen…..

A Splendor Seldom Seen…..

Credit: NASA (short video below as well)

On October 17, 2012 while on its 174th orbit of the massive ringed planet, the Cassini Spacecraft snapped this amazing photo while Saturn eclipsed the Sun. Perspective comes at 19 degrees below the plane of the rings and at a standoff distance of 800,000 km (or about 497,000 mi). This is an incredibly high definition mosaic created with sixty (60) large exposures. This rendering is a combined infrared / red and violet filters thus, is a false color image. At top center Saturn itself casts a vast shadow on the ring system as it sweeps behind the gas giant. The two small dots at low left are two of Saturn’s 60 moons; Enceladus and Tethys.

As with all of the photos I post, you can click on them to render the full size image and in the {GALLERY} at the top of the site where I pace all of the photos I have posted and detailed. To view all videos that I have posted find the “VIDEO” category from the column on the right side of the page.

NASA photo release: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia14934.html

Cassini Saturn photo page: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=4703

Cassini Mission page: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/

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