Backlit Dione

Dione's silhouette is seen against Saturn's sunlit limb

Here’s a beautiful new image just in from Cassini: the silhouette of 700-mile-wide Dione seen against the sunlit limb of Saturn, its rings seen edge-on just above the moon. Some of Dione’s heavily-cratered terrain can be discerned along its southeastern edge. I particularly like the light halo effects along the edges of the moon and within the rings.

This raw image was taken on December 20, 2010.

Image: NASA / JPL / SSI.

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  1. Typhoon noel says:

    What a magnificent picture this is, GO CASSINI!


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