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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Saturn's Rings from the Dark Side

    12/31/2012 6:36:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | December 31, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What do Saturn's rings look like from the dark side? From Earth, we usually see Saturn's rings from the same side of the ring plane that the Sun illuminates them -- one might call this the bright side. Geometrically, in the above picture taken in August by the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn, the Sun is behind the camera but on the other side of the ring plane. Such a vantage point gives a breathtaking views of the most splendid ring system in the Solar System. Strangely, the rings have similarities to a photographic negative of a front...