Shadow Below

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As Saturn’s northern hemisphere summer approaches, a shadows of a rings climb ever southward opposite a planet. Here, a ring shadows seem to problematic roughly a whole southern hemisphere, while a planet’s north stick and a six-sided jet stream, famous as “the hexagon,” are entirely bright by a sun.

When NASA’s Cassini booster arrived during Saturn 12 years ago, a shadows of a rings lay distant to a north on a world (see PIA06077). As a goal progressed and seasons incited on a slow-orbiting giant, equinox arrived and a shadows of a rings became a skinny line during a equator (see PIA11667).

This perspective looks toward a sunlit side of a rings from about 16 degrees above a ring plane. The picture was taken in red light with a Cassini booster wide-angle camera on Mar 19, 2016.

The perspective was performed during a stretch of approximately 1.7 million miles (2.7 million kilometers) from Saturn and during a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 92 degrees. Image scale is 100 miles (160 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini goal is a mild plan of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and a Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a multiplication of a California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages a goal for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and a dual onboard cameras were designed, grown and fabricated during JPL. The imaging operations core is formed during a Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Source: NASA