Titan beyond the Saturn's rings.

Titan beyond the Saturn's rings.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Saturn's hazy moon Titan appears to drift above Saturn's ringplane in this view taken only a tenth of a degree above the rings. Titan's small orbital inclination is enough to make it appear above the ringplane from this viewing angle. Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across. The Sun is below the rings in this image, so light that makes it to Cassini is that which has been diffusely transmitted through the rings. Thus, the densest parts of the rings appear dark in this image, and the dusty gaps in the rings, such as the Cassini Division, appear bright.

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