Saturn and Titan

A new amazing view by the spacecraft Cassini, includes a bright moon, thin rings, and warped shadows. Titan, Saturn‘s largest moon, appears above as a featureless tan as it is continually shrouded in thick clouds.  Image credit: Wikimedia

The rings of Saturn are seen as a thin line because they are so flat and imaged nearly edge on.



Details of Saturn‘s rings are therefore best visible in the dark ring shadows seen across the giant planet’s cloud tops. Since the ring particles orbit in the same plane as Titan, they appear to skewer the foreground moon. In the upper hemisphere of Saturn, the clouds show many details, including dips in long bright bands indicating disturbances in a high altitude jet stream.

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