A Summer Solstice Approaches

saturn askewCassini images of Saturn are generally oriented so that Saturn appears north up, but the spacecraft views the planet from all sorts of angles. Here, Saturn seems to sit askew as the tiny moon Dione looks on from lower left. The terminator, which separates night from day, is also tilted because the planet is nearing its northern summer solstice. As a result, the planet’s northern pole is in sunlight all throughout Saturn’s day.

Image Credit: NASA

1 thought on “A Summer Solstice Approaches

  1. Thanks for posting this. I really enjoy seeing awesome quality photos like this.

    I have an 8″ f/6 mirror Im going to eventually put into a scope when time allows and seeing things like this is great motivation to finally finish this project.

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