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Round and Round
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Round and Round
Date: 23 Nov 2013

Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from Cassini's position high above. Around and around everything goes!

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 43 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on 23 Nov. 2013 using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nm.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.5 million km (1.6 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 97 degrees. Image scale is 150 km (93 miles) per pixel.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute



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