Cassini Sees Awesome Crescents of Saturn and Titan

November 7, 2014 12:11 PM

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Cassini Sees Awesome Crescents of Saturn and Titan

At first glance, this image may appear to be a piece of modern art. But it is in fact a very beautiful observation of Saturn and moon Titan during a special cosmic alignment with the sun, an alignment that produced its very own piece of space art as well as a healthy does of science.

Known as a “high-phase observation,” NASA’s Cassini mission is looking almost directly toward the sun in this photo, but it is just out of shot of its camera’s frame. The result is a very thin crescent across Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Most strikingly, however, the sunlit crescent almost forms a rin...

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