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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Oct 22, 2013

Night and day on Saturn

Awesome mosaic by the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn

Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

This image of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth. No Earth-based picture could possibly view the night side of Saturn and the corresponding shadow cast across Saturn’s rings. Since Earth is much closer to the sun than Saturn, only the day side of the ringed planet is visible from the Earth. In fact, this image mosaic was taken earlier this month by the robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn. The beautiful rings of Saturn are seen in full expanse.

Via NASA

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