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Saturn Rings Cast in Rare Light

Saturn Rings Cast in Rare Light
The shadow of Saturn's moon Mimas dips onto the planet's rings and straddles the Cassini Division in this natural color image taken as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox. (Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Just once every 15 years, Saturn approaches its equinox ?

NASA's Cassini

One year on Saturn is equal to 29.5 Earth years. Twice

These patterns recently revealed enormous mile-high vertical

The exact date of the approaching equinox is Aug. 11. Over

"It has been a scientist's delight to watch this almost

Launched in October 1997, the Cassini spacecraft has been

Correction: This article has been corrected to reflect the correct year Cassini went into orbit around Saturn: 2004.

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