An Unusual View of Saturn

saturn_irThis high-contrast, false-color mosaic from the Cassini spacecraft shows an infrared view of a slice of the Saturn system as it was backlit by the sun on 19 July, 2013. The exaggerated contrast brings out subtleties not initially visible. For example, structures in Saturn’s wispy E ring, which we believe to be made of ice from the moon Enceladus, stand out this exaggerated view.

The data for the image by Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer. It covers a swath about 8,000 km wide across Saturn and its rings and about 540,000 km across that includes the planet and its rings out to the E ring, Saturn’s second most distant ring.

Image Credit: NASA

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