a citizen’s journal by Thomas Nephew

Rings, shadows, moon

Posted by Thomas Nephew on December 9th, 2004

False color composite, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

In a splendid portrait created by light and gravity, Saturn’s lonely moon Mimas is seen against the cool, blue-streaked backdrop of Saturn’s northern hemisphere. Delicate shadows cast by the rings arc gracefully across the planet, fading into darkness on Saturn’s night side.

The image was photographed by the Cassini-Huygens probe en route to Saturn and Titan. (Via The Panda’s Thumb)

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