Only Cassini could provide this enchanting, natural color view of crescent Saturn, which gazes down onto the unlit side of the planet's spectacular rings.
Photojournal: PIA08838
Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Published: December 25, 2006

Only Cassini could provide this enchanting, natural color view of crescent Saturn, which gazes down onto the unlit side of the planet's spectacular rings. The robotic ship plies the peaceful black seas around the ringed giant, searching for answers to the many questions posed by the inquisitive minds of Earth.

This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 19 degrees above the ringplane. The view of Saturn is through the dark rings at bottom; the rings cast shadows onto the northern hemisphere at top.

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