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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.
PIA17141:
Saturn's Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17175:
Painted Lines on an Ornament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA17176:
'Tis the Season
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-20 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Scientists can use images such as this one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.
PIA17152:
Polarized Surge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.
PIA17147:
Round and Round
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-03 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17154:
Shadows and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.
PIA17156:
Crescent Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17157:
Four Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
PIA17159:
Looking Down on Lakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17160:
Circles on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-28 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17162:
Me and My Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-14 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.
PIA18272:
A Dot Does a Lot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-05 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.
PIA17163:
Titan's Crescents
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.
PIA17143:
Still Alive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17169:
High Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-07 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
PIA18274:
Vortex and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.
PIA18276:
Saturn Imitates the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-11 Pandora Cassini-Huygens
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The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.
PIA18271:
Shepherd and Flock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18278:
Ring King
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-02 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies Mimas, positioned against the shadow of Saturn's rings, bright on dark. As we near summer in Saturn's northern hemisphere, the rings cast ever larger shadows on the planet.
PIA18282:
Dot Against the Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18280:
Painted Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18287:
Wavy Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.
PIA18286:
A Forethought and an Afterthought
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-03 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.
PIA18291:
Mimicking the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet is seen emerging once more into the Sun's light by NASA's Cassini orbiter. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth.
PIA18289:
Sunrise on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn is circled by its rings (nearly edge-on in this image), as well as by the moons Tethys (the large bright body near the lower right corner) and Mimas (seen as a slight crescent against Saturn's disk above the rings).
PIA18288:
Circling Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-01 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Enceladus (visible in the lower-left corner of the image) is but a speck before enormous Saturn, but even a small moon can generate big waves of excitement throughout the scientific community.
PIA18296:
Mighty Little Dot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent. In this picture, we can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right corner.
PIA18295:
Translucent Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn's main rings, seen here on their 'lit' face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.
PIA18294:
Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.
PIA18308:
Groovy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The shadow of Saturn on the rings, which stretched across all of the rings earlier in NASA's Cassini's mission, now barely makes it past the Cassini division.
PIA20494:
Long Divisions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's surface is painted with swirls and shadows. Each swirl here is a weather system, reminding us of how dynamic Saturn's atmosphere is. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18311:
Swirls and Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In spite of this appearance, Saturn is an active and dynamic world. Mimas is seen to the upper-right of Saturn.
PIA18314:
Serene Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-15 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn. Tethys is significantly closer to the camera, while the planet is in the background.
PIA18318:
Tethys 'Eyes' Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-18 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.
PIA17196:
In the Company of Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Titan may be a 'large' moon -- its name even implies it -- but it is still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. As it turns out, this is perfectly normal. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18326:
Not So Titanic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Thanks to the illumination angle, Mimas (right) and Dione (left) appear to be staring up at a giant Saturn looming in the background as captured in this image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18331:
Looking Up to the Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's unusual appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter. Infrared images can help scientists determine the location of clouds in the planet's atmosphere.
PIA18332:
Darkness Descending
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during NASA's Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.
PIA17200:
Dione with Rings and Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.
PIA19651:
Dione's Impact-Battered Icescape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.
PIA19652:
Dione's Saturn-lit Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.
PIA19653:
Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-07 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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Why does Saturn look like it's been painted with a dark brush in this infrared image, but Dione looks untouched? NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this image in a wavelength that is absorbed by -- methane.
PIA18336:
Methane Painting
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Titan and Saturn share a hazy appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, though Saturn is a gas giant with no solid surface to speak of, and Titan's atmosphere is a blanket surrounding an icy, solid body.
PIA18335:
Veiled Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-15 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.
PIA20010:
Craters Crowd the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.
PIA17204:
Enceladus Up-Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.
PIA17205:
Departing Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-07 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. Views like this are impossible from Earth, where we only see Saturn's moons as (more or less) fully illuminated disks.
PIA18348:
Crescent Tethys and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-08 Atlas Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across), with its smooth equatorial ridge, during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015. The view offers one of Cassini's best glimpses of Atlas.
PIA17206:
Atlas Escaping
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
PIA20015:
Enceladus North Pole Montage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-11 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn, around 10 times the diameter of Earth, dwarfs it retinue of moons. Tethys is seen here at lower right.
PIA18350:
Saturn the Mighty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-01 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.
PIA18354:
Methane Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-08 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.
PIA18355:
Ices and Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-29 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18356:
Different Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-04 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.
PIA18364:
Saturn Askew
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-02 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18368:
The Dew Drop of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.
PIA20481:
Up and Over
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-06 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20484:
Rings Interrupted
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.
PIA20486:
Shadow Below
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-27 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.
PIA20487:
Dark and Arc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-11 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20488:
Tethys Tops Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.
PIA20489:
Not Really Starless at Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-29 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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An ethereal, glowing spot appears on Saturn's B ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The glowing effect is an example of an 'opposition surge' making that area on the rings appear extra bright.
PIA20496:
Surge in the Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's shadow stretched beyond the edge of its rings for many years after NASA's Cassini first arrived at Saturn, casting an ever-lengthening shadow that reached its maximum extent at the planet's 2009 equinox. This image was captured in 2015.
PIA20498:
Barely Bisected Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-26 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the brilliant disk of Saturn, surrounded by the icy lanes of its rings. Faint wisps of cloud are visible in the atmosphere. At bottom, ring shadows trace delicate, curving lines across the planet.
PIA20500:
Hidden Wonders
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere in 2016, as that part of the planet nears its northern hemisphere summer solstice in May 2017. Saturn's year is nearly 30 Earth years long.
PIA21046:
Saturn, Approaching Northern Summer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This frame from a movie is one of many exposures taken by NASA's Cassnii spacecraft. Cassini stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25 to 27, 2016, to obtain exposures showing just over four Saturn days. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21047:
Staring at Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down at the rings of Saturn from above the planet's nightside. The darkened globe of Saturn is seen here at lower right, along with the shadow it casts across the rings.
PIA20505:
In Daylight on the Night Side
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Saturn's clouds are full of raw beauty, but they also represent a playground for a branch of physics called fluid dynamics, which seeks to understand the motion of gases and liquids. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20503:
Fluid Fantasy
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Saturn appears as a serene globe amid tranquil rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In reality, the planet's atmosphere is an ever-changing scene of high-speed winds and evolving weather patterns, punctuated by occasional large storms.
PIA20502:
View from Above
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These two natural color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016.
PIA21049:
Changing Colors in Saturn's North
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.
PIA20506:
Ring Details on Display
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.
PIA20507:
Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls
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Saturn's icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet's enormous rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20509:
Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.
PIA21052:
Over Saturn's Turbulent North
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This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.
PIA21053:
Saturnian Hexagon Collage
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Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.
PIA20513:
Basking in Light
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This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.
PIA20517:
Peeking over Saturn's Shoulder
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. The view here is of the outer edge of the B ring, at left, which is perturbed by the most powerful gravitational resonance in the rings.
PIA21057:
Straw in the B Ring's Edge
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This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clear that there are still finer details to uncover.
PIA21058:
Saturn's B Ring, Finer Than Ever
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NASA's Cassini image features a density wave in Saturn's A ring (at left) that lies around 134,500 km from Saturn. Density waves are accumulations of particles at certain distances from the planet.
PIA21060:
Moon Waves and Moon Wakes
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This image from NASA's Cassini mission shows a region in Saturn's A ring. The view contains many small, bright blemishes due to cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.
PIA21059:
The Propeller Belts in Saturn's A Ring
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The north pole of Saturn sits at the center of its own domain. Around it swirl the clouds, driven by the fast winds of Saturn, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20520:
At the Center
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Although only a sliver of Saturn's sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20530:
Sliver of Saturn
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When imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at infrared wavelengths that pierce the planet's upper haze layer, the high-speed winds of Saturn's atmosphere produce watercolor-like patterns.
PIA20528:
Watercolor World
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This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.
PIA21441:
Cassini's 'Porthole' Movie of Saturn Animation Icon
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Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.
PIA21327:
Hail the Hexagon
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The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21328:
Short Shadow
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These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.
PIA21611:
Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches Animation Icon
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From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.
PIA21331:
Mimas Dwarfed
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.
PIA21334:
Saturnian Dawn
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The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21336:
Dawn's Early Light
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from above the ringplane. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn.
PIA21339:
Ring-Bow
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This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
PIA21617:
Cassini "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.
PIA21622:
Cassini Near-Infrared "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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NASA's Cassini saw Saturn's northern hemisphere reach its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017.
PIA21337:
Good Old Summer Time
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NASA's Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.
PIA21342:
Saturn-lit Tethys
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These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale.
PIA21343:
Top of the World
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system. Cassini from within the gap between the planet and its rings, looking outward.
PIA21886:
Cassini's 'Inside-Out' Rings Movie Animation Icon
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With this view, NASA's Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. The Saturn system has been Cassini's home for 13 years, but that journey is nearing its end.
PIA21345:
So Far from Home
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