Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

 

This incredible newly-released image shows Saturn’s majestic series of rings from a new perspective – one you’ve likely never witnessed before.

 

The image, which was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera, takes a look at the sunlit side of Saturn’s rings – showing them from about 17 degrees about its ring plane. The Cassini division is also pretty noticeable – this gap is generated by one of Saturn’s tiny moons – Mimas – which clears the region of the tiny bits of debris that make up Saturn’s rings.

 

At the time of the picture’s taking (on June 15, 2013), Cassini was situated merely 657,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Saturn – with each pixel representative of 37 miles (or 60 km). The overall clarity of each ring can be attributed to one of the wide-angle camera’s onboard tools, which captures light at near-infrared wavelengths.


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