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Crescent moon Rhea occults crescent Saturn

Stunning image! The robotic Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. It has produced some of the most magnificent images in our solar system.

Crescent moon Rhea occults - or passes in front of - a crescent Saturn, as seen by the orbiting Cassini spacecraft.  Image via Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA.

Crescent moon Rhea occults – or passes in front of – a crescent Saturn, as seen by the orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Image via Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA.

Looking nearly back toward the sun, the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn captured crescent phases of Saturn and its moon Rhea in color a few years ago. Since Cassini was nearly in the plane of Saturn’s rings, the normally impressive rings are visible here only as a thin line across the image center.

Deborah Byrd

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