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Photos: Saturn's Glorious Rings Up Close

A View of Saturn's Southern Reaches

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this angled shot of Saturn, showing the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is visible as a tiny white speck in the lower lefthand corner. The picture was taken on June 15, 2012, at a distance of about 1.8 million miles. [Full Story]

Shadows of Saturn's Rings

Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA

Shadows of Saturn's rings (right) fall across the planet at left.

Inside the Giants: Puzzling Differences in Jupiter and Saturn

NASA/ESA/Hubble

Saturn seems to have a significant core of iron, carbon and other elements

Bright Lights, Eerie 'Heartbeat' at Saturn

Hubble Space Telescope images of Saturn and its polar auroral emissions on Jan. 24, 26, and 28 in 2004. The images combine ultraviolet images of the south polar region with visible wavelength images of the planet and rings. Credit Z. Levay and J. Clarke.

Spectacular Aurora on Saturn Shines in New Video

NASA/JPL/University of Leicester/University of Arizona

Composite image of Saturn shows the entire planet, including the rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from the south. The green glow represents aurora lights. Full Story.

Capture the Lord of the Rings

Saturn on 25 March 2005. Image by Alan Friedman.

Saturn Probe Beams Home Stunning Views

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Saturn's northern hemisphere is seen here against its nested rings in this view from Cassini.

Cassini Photo of Saturn, Its Rings and Titan

NASA/JPL–Caltech/Space Science Institute

In this photo, snapped by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 5, 2012, Saturn's rings cast shadows on the huge planet. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is visible just below the rings, in the upper right of the picture.

Moons on the Move

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Titan emerges from behind Saturn while Tethys streaks into view in this colorful scene on March 24, 2008. Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) wide; Tethys is 1,071 kilometers (665 miles) wide. Saturn's shadow darkens the far arm of the rings near the planet's limb.

Saturn

NASA

Saturn and its rings.

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