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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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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 2014-11-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers.
PIA18290:
Mixing Paints
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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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 2014-10-27 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 2014-09-08 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's innermost moon Pan orbits the giant planet seemingly alone in a ring gap its own gravity creates. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image.
PIA18281:
Pan Alone in the Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although it appears empty from a distance, the Encke gap in Saturn's A ring has three ringlets threaded through it, two of which are visible here from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18277:
Clumpy Ringlets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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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 2014-08-11 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 2014-07-07 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 2014-06-16 Atlas Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.
PIA17167:
Emerging from Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-09 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18270:
Gored of the Rings
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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 2014-04-28 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 2014-04-21 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17161:
God of the Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.
PIA18078:
Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-31 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.
PIA17158:
Prometheus' Handiwork
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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 2014-03-03 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 2014-02-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima
PIA17150:
Dusty D Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's F ring often appears to do things other rings don't. In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a strand of ring appears to separate from the core of the ring as if pulled apart by mysterious forces.
PIA17148:
Splitting the F Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-27 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Similar to many of the small, inner moons of Saturn, Prometheus points its long axis at Saturn as if giving us directions to the planet. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17153:
Pointing Toward Saturn
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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 2013-12-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A dynamical interplay between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and its rings is captured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17173:
The Synchronicity of Rhythms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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While the moon Epimetheus passes by, beyond the edge of Saturn's main rings, the tiny moon Daphnis carries on its orbit within the Keeler gap of the A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17135:
Amidst and Beyond the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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To the infrared eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's graceful clouds sometimes take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting of the giant planet.
PIA17127:
Impressionistic Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A single jet feature appears to leap from the F ring of Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A closer inspection suggests that in reality there are a few smaller jets that make up this feature.
PIA17136:
The Subtle Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This high-contrast, colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows an infrared view of the Saturn system, backlit by the sun, from July 19, 2013.
PIA17469:
High-Contrast Infrared Scan of Saturn and its Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows an infrared view of the Saturn system, backlit by the sun, from July 19, 2013.
PIA17468:
Infrared Scan of Saturn and its Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The shadow of Saturn cuts across the rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. As the ring particles enter Saturn's shadow, their temperature drops to even colder temperatures, only to warm back up again when they re-emerge into the sunlight.
PIA17137:
Cool Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's A ring is decorated with several kinds of waves. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a host of density waves, a bending wave, and the edge waves on the edge of the Keeler gap caused by the small moon Daphnis.
PIA17130:
Rings and Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows A beautiful 'mini-jet' appearing in the dynamic F ring of Saturn. Saturn's A ring (including the Keeler gap and just a hint of the Encke gap at the upper-right) also appears.
PIA17128:
Marvelous Mini-Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-09 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings appear to form a majestic arc over the planet in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17131:
Arc Across the Heavens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Cassini scientists continue their quest to understand the origin and evolution of the newly discovered features observed in Saturn's A ring which have become known as 'propellers' as shown in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17125:
Earhart in the A Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
PIA17171:
The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-22 S Rings MESSENGER
Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
MDIS - Wide Angle
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These images show views of Earth and the moon from NASA's Cassini (left) and MESSENGER spacecraft (right) from July 19, 2013.
PIA17038:
Two Views of Home
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-15 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The shadows of Saturn's rings edge ever farther southward as Saturn creeps towards southern winter (or northern summer). Saturn is now almost exactly halfway between its equinox (August 2009) and southern winter solstice (in May 2017).
PIA14669:
Halfway to Southern Winter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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The shepherd moon Pan orbits Saturn in the Encke gap while the A ring surrounding the gap displays wave features created by interactions between the ring particles and Saturnian moons in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14668:
Pan and Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring propeller features such as Bleriot since their discovery. The bright dash-like features are regions where a small moonlet has caused ring particles to cluster together more densely than normal.
PIA14666:
Propeller, Light and Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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In this image, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured some of the structure of the tenuous D ring, appearing here as light/dark banding in the upper-right of the image.
PIA14664:
A Long, Hard Stare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Forever changing, the F ring takes on a ladder-like appearance in this recent image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists believe that interactions between the F ring and the moons Prometheus and Pandora cause the dynamic structure of the ring.
PIA14662:
Ladder-like Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's shadow cutting sharply across its rings as the orbits of ring particles carry them suddenly from day to night. With no atmosphere to scatter light, shadows in space are much darker than we're used to here on Earth.
PIA14659:
Long Day's Journey into Night
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Five images of Saturn's rings, taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft between 2009 and 2012, show clouds of material ejected from impacts of small objects into the rings.
PIA14938:
Meteors Meet Saturn's Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-01 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Like a shepherd guarding his sheep, Prometheus keeps a lonely watch over the F ring in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14657:
A Shepherd's Watch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.
PIA14652:
Mimas Peeks Over Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Ghostly spokes in Saturn's B ring continue to put on a show for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras in this recent image. The spokes, believed to be a seasonal phenomenon, are expected to disappear as Saturn nears its northern hemisphere summer.
PIA14651:
Still Active Spokes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-04 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Dawn on Saturn is greeted across the vastness of interplanetary space by the morning star, Venus, in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Venus appears just off the edge of the planet directly above the white streak of Saturn's G ring.
PIA14936:
Morning Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-04 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus.
PIA14935:
Cassini Spies Bright Venus from Saturn Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The propeller-shaped white dashes near the bottom of NASA's Cassini spacecraft image reveal the location of a small moonlet embedded in Saturn's A ring.
PIA14649:
Bleriot Recaptured
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The F ring shows off a rich variety of phenomena in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14653:
F Ring Zoo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The ring-region Saturnian moons Prometheus and Pan are both caught 'herding' their respective rings in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14644:
Moons at Work
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's small moons Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus keep each other company in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the planet's night side. It seems fitting that they should do so since in Greek mythology, their namesakes were brothers.
PIA14643:
Brother Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Janus is spotted over Saturn's north pole in this image while Mimas' shadow glides across Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is the faint dot that appears just above Saturn's north pole.
PIA14640:
Saturn Looms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are backlit.
PIA14934:
A Splendor Seldom Seen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's B ring is spread out in all its glory in this image from NASA'S Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are trying to better understand the origin and nature of the various structures seen in the B ring.
PIA14638:
Glorious B
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Tethys may not be tiny by normal standards, but when it is captured alongside Saturn, it can't help but seem pretty small in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14636:
Tiny Tethys
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The rich dynamics of Saturn's F ring are seen in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of the features are believed to be due to the ring's interactions with its shepherd moons or with small moonlets embedded within the ring itself.
PIA14635:
Ring Shines
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-29 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.
PIA14631:
Dwarfed by Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's F ring shows several 'mini-jets' near the upper-right of this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The A ring also appears in the lower-left of the image.
PIA14632:
Many Mini-Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's ever-changing F ring, showing its bright core, another strand of ring material, and a breakaway clump of material close to the core.
PIA14629:
Ever-Changing Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn casts a wide shadow across its rings in view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft which looks toward the darkened southern hemisphere of the night side of the planet.
PIA14623:
Night Side Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-23 Daphnis Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft catches Saturn's moon Daphnis making waves and casting shadows from the narrow Keeler Gap of the planet's A ring in this view taken around the time of Saturn's August 2009 equinox.
PIA14618:
Wave Maker
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-09 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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These three images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show a propeller-shaped structure created by an unseen moon in Saturn's A ring.
PIA14918:
Hello Again
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-02 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's rings cast wide shadows on the planet, and the shadow of a moon also graces the gas giant in this scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is not shown in this view, but it does cast a small, elongated shadow.
PIA14615:
Shadows on a Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moons Daphnis and Pan demonstrate their effects on the planet's rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Daphnis, at left, orbits in the Keeler Gap of the A ring; Pan at right, orbits in the Encke Gap of the A ring.
PIA14608:
Ring Moons' Effects
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The constant change in Saturn's wavy, wiggly F ring is on display in this image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The image shows a view looking directly down onto the ring with the planet removed from the center.
PIA15505:
Wavy, Wiggly Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows some of the more bizarre trails that were dragged out from Saturn's F ring by objects about a half mile (1 kilometer) in diameter.
PIA15504:
Exotic Trails or Mini-Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows trails that were dragged out from Saturn's F ring by objects about a half mile (1 kilometer) in diameter.
PIA15503:
Classic Trails or Mini-Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft around the time it went into orbit around Saturn in 2004 shows a short trail of icy particles dragged out from Saturn's F ring.
PIA15502:
Small Trail at Saturn Orbit Insertion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the gravitational pull of Saturn's moon Prometheus creates patterns in Saturn's F ring.
PIA15501:
F Ring Patterns Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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One of the glittering trails caused by small objects punching through Saturn's F ring is highlighted in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. These trails show how the F ring, the outermost of Saturn's main rings, is constantly changing.
PIA15500:
Glittering Trail in Saturn's F Ring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-05 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across Saturn's rings and finds the moon Prometheus, a shepherd of the thin F ring. Prometheus looks like a small white bulge near the F ring -- the outermost ring seen here -- above the center of the image.
PIA14598:
Across to Prometheus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-20 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Mimas joins the planet's rings which appear truncated by the planet's shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14596:
Cut-Off Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn's rings in this view of the moon from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The famed jets of water ice emanating from the south polar region of the moon are faintly visible here.
PIA14594:
Rings and Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-02 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Tethys orbits in front of the wide shadows cast by the rings onto the planet for this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Tethys appears just below the rings near the center of the image.
PIA14589:
Before Wide Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-22 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Tethys, with its stark white icy surface, peeps out from behind the larger, hazy, colorful Titan in this view of the two moons obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Saturn's rings lie between the two.
PIA14911:
Haze Before Ice
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-22 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's fourth-largest moon, Dione, can be seen through the haze of the planet's largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14910:
Titan and Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-22 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14909:
Titan Up Front
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-12 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft examines the anti-Saturnian side of Dione and shows the cratered surface east of the moon's distinctive wispy terrain which consists of bright cliffs on the moon's trailing hemisphere.
PIA14586:
East of Wisps
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings lie between a pair of moons in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that features Mimas and Prometheus. Mimas is the more noticeable of the two moons at top left, Prometheus is near the center of image and closest to Cassini.
PIA14585:
Rings In Between
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's northern storm marches through the planet's atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14900:
Scenic Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. The head of the storm is beyond the horizon in this view.
PIA12829:
Storm Tail in False Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The head of Saturn's huge northern storm is well established in this view captured early in the storm's development by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in late 2010.
PIA12828:
Storm Head in False Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-14 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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During a flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Oct. 1, 2011, NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this portrait of the moon joined by its sibling Epimetheus and the planet's rings.
PIA14582:
Hiding Little Brother
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A pair of Saturn's moons appears as if hung below the planet's rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Enceladus appears just below the rings here, near center, Tethys is near bottom center, and Tethys is closer to Cassini than is Enceladus.
PIA14577:
Pendent Pair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft watches as the shadows of Saturn's rings grow wider and creep farther south as the seasons progress from the planet's August 2009 equinox.
PIA14576:
Widening Southern Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-26 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings lie in the distance as NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Titan and its dark region called Shangri-La, east of the landing site of the Huygens Probe.
PIA14575:
East of Huygens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in this portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is seen on the far left, Pandora orbits near the middle, Enceladus appears above the center, and Rhea and Mimas are seen on the right side.
PIA14573:
Quintet of Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's tiny moon Aegaeon within the G-ring arc. The moonlet Aegaeon (formerly known as S/2008 S 1) can't be seen in this image, but it orbits in the bright arc of Saturn's faint G ring shown here.
PIA12777:
Eye Toward Aegaeon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft observes three of Saturn's moons set against the darkened night side of the planet. Seen here are Rhea, closest to Cassini, Enceladus to right of Rhea, and Dione, left of Rhea.
PIA12771:
Bright Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-06 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two moons, Rhea and Dione, join the planet and its rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea and Dione are respectively the second and fourth largest moons of Saturn, but they are tiny compared to the planet.
PIA12769:
Dwarfed by Gas Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-23 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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Five moons, dominated by Rhea in the foreground, share NASA's Cassini spacecraft view with Saturn's rings seen nearly edge-on. Also seen here are Dione, Epimetheus, Prometheus, and Tethys.
PIA12767:
Five Orbs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A bright clump of material within Saturn's tenuous F ring stands out near the center top of this NASA Cassini spacecraft image.
PIA12766:
In a Thin Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-11 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The planet's rings are in the background.
PIA12761:
Mimas' Flat Spot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This graphic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured after Saturn's August 2009 equinox, shows Saturn's rings, after they became tilted relative to Saturn's equatorial plane, would have transformed into a corrugated ring.
PIA12820:
Tilting Saturn's Rings Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-28 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks past the cratered south polar area of Saturn's moon Rhea to spy the moon Dione and the planet's rings in the distance. Dione's 'wispy' terrain can be seen on the trailing hemisphere of that moon.
PIA12755:
Beyond Southern Rhea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings appear as only a thin line seen edge-on in the middle of this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but the rings cast broad shadows on the southern hemisphere of the planet in the lower left of the image.
PIA12754:
Thin Line, Broad Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-03 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Enceladus brightly reflects sunlight before a backdrop of the planet's rings and the rings' shadows cast onto the planet. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this snapshot during its flyby of the moon on Nov. 30, 2010.
PIA12747:
Ring Backdrop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-13 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Shadows adorn Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which also includes the moon Rhea, shown orbiting between the planet and the spacecraft and appears above the rings on the left of the image.
PIA12744:
Southern Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Six of Saturn's moons orbiting within and beyond the planet's rings are collected in this Cassini spacecraft image; they include Enceladus, Epimetheus, Atlas, Daphnis, Pan, and Janus.
PIA12741:
Sextet of Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-01 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Vertical structures in the variable outer edge of Saturn's B ring cast shadows in these two images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shortly after the planet's August 2009 northern vernal equinox.
PIA12796:
Long Spiky Shadows
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