Saturn, Cassini image

Saturn, Cassini image

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Caption: Saturn, Cassini image. The planet's rings are seen edge on across centre (thin line). They are casting shadows over Saturn's northern hemisphere. The varying densities of the rings are responsible for the varying darkness of the shadows. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched in 1997 to investigate Saturn, its rings and its moons. This image was taken by Cassini's wide-angle camera on the 30th September 2005 at a distance of 2.4 million kilometres from Saturn.

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Keywords: 21st century, 30 september 2005, astronomical, astronomy, black-and-white, cassini spacecraft, cassini-huygens, exploration, gas giant, monochrome, planet, planetary science, ring, ringed, rings, saturn, shadow, shadows, solar system, space, wide-angle camera

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