The dark side of Saturn revealed in a beautiful new NASA photo

The Dark Side of Saturn

NASA has released a stunning new photo of Saturn, showing a backlit view of the planet along with its rings. The space agency placed the Cassini spacecraft in Saturn’s shadow on October 17th in order to capture the high solar phase, allowing scientists a look at the rings and atmosphere of the planet that wouldn't otherwise be seen. NASA achieved a similar effect back in 2006 by stitching together a mosaic comprised of 165 shots taken over three hours. Cassini was placed closer to Saturn for this attempt, however, resulting in a much more detailed mosaic that used just 60 pictures. It’s an impressive sight at any size, but if you want a high resolution image then you need only go to NASA’s site.

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