Slicing Saturn

Saturn's rings seen edge-on

In this beautiful image from Cassini we see a dramatically-lit Saturn, its rings slicing across its equator as a thin bright line and casting shadows onto its atmosphere below.

A great example of how Saturn’s gigantic ring system is hundreds of thousands of miles wide but only about 30 feet thick!

This image was captured on January 9, 2011. The Cassini spacecraft was approximately 494,000 miles (796,000 km) from Saturn when this was taken.

See the release and more images on the CICLOPS site here.

Image: NASA / JPL / SSI.