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20061018 Wednesday October 18, 2006

Saturn Eclipse

This was on NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day site a few days ago, I haven't been able to close the browser tab with it... I just keep gazing at the surreality of it.

In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn recently drifted in giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. read on
NASA goes on to explain that the eclipse revealed newly detected strata of rings around Saturn.


( Oct 18 2006, 10:45:16 AM PDT ) Permalink


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