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Blue Saturn

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Blue Saturn


Serene blue hues
this view
of Saturn's northern
hemisphere from the Cassini spacecraft.

The image has been adjusted to approximate the natural
blue color
of visible sunlight scattered by the
gas giant's upper atmosphere.

Saturn's famous rings cast the dark
shadows stretching across
the frame with
cratered moon
lurking at the lower left.

Orbiting beyond the
inner rings
, Mimas itself is 400 kilometers across and
lies nearly 200,000 kilometers, over 3
Saturn radii,
from the center of the planet.

Still, Mimas orbits within Saturn's faint and tenuous outer
E ring.

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