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NASA: overhead view of Saturn and rings – STUNNING

OMG!  Takes me back to 1979 when Patti Lamb and I were working the night shift at JPL – we were mesmerized as the first shots of Saturn’s rings came in… WOW!  Such a gorgeous planet…  (Right Cecil? 🙂

Round and Round

Just as Saturn’s famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet’s north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from Cassini’s position high above. Around and around everything goes!

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 43 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 23, 2013 using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

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