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Saturn's Shadow
Saturn's Shadow (click to enlarge)
 
 

Saturn's Shadow
Date: 16 Nov 1980

Voyager 1 looked back at Saturn on Nov. 16, 1980, four days after the spacecraft flew past the planet, to observe the appearance of Saturn and its rings from this unique perspective. A few of the spoke-like ring features discovered by Voyager appear in the rings as bright patches in this image, taken at a distance of 5.3 million km (3.3 million miles) from the planet.

Saturn's shadow falls upon the rings and the bright Saturn crescent is seen through all but the densest portion of the rings.

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