|Splendors seldom seen
are revealed in this glorious picture from
by Cassini on October 17, 2012 during its 174th orbit,
the ringed planet's night side is viewed
from a perspective 19 degrees below the ring plane at a distance
of about 800,000 kilometers with the Sun almost directly behind
A 60 frame mosaic, images made with infrared, red, and violet filters
were combined to create an enhanced, false-color view.
Strongly backlit, the rings look bright away from the planet
but dark in silhouette against the gas giant.
Above center, they reflect a faint, eerie light on the cloud tops while
Saturn casts its own dark shadow on the rings.
A similar Cassini image from 2006 also
featured planet Earth as a pale blue dot in the distance.
Instead, this scene includes icy moons
Enceladus (closer to the rings) and
Tethys below the rings on the left.
Cassini Imaging Team