This image of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth.
No Earth based picture could possibly view the night side of
Saturn and the corresponding
shadow cast across Saturn's rings.
Since Earth is much closer to the Sun than
Saturn, only the day side of the
ringed planet is visible from the
this image mosaic was taken earlier this month by the robotic
Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn.
The beautiful rings of Saturn are seen in full expanse, while
cloud details are visible including the
polar hexagon surrounding the north pole, and an
extended light-colored storm system.