Dark Rings

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The shadow of Saturn’s rings is reduced to a thin sliver running across the face of the planet in the upper part of this image taken on August 12, one day after its spring equinox.

The rings appear dark in this image, since the sunlight is striking them edge-on and Cassini’s cameras are set so as to not over-expose the planet.

I may be wrong, but it also looks like there may be the tiny shadow of a moon being cast onto Saturn, in the top center of this image, just above the line of the ring shadow.

Image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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