Astronomy Picture of the Day
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If seen in the right light, Saturn glows like a neon sign.
Although Saturn has comparatively little of the
false-colored in three bands of
highlights features of the giant ringed planet like a
At the most blue band of the infrared light featured, false-colored blue in the
Saturn itself appears dark but
Saturn's thin rings
brightly reflect light from our Sun.
Saturn's B ring
is so thick that little reflected light makes it through, creating a dark band between
Saturn's A and C rings
At the most red band of the infrared, false-colored red above,
emits a surprisingly detailed
indicating planet-wide bands, huge hurricane-like storms, and a
strange hexagon-shaped cloud system
In the middle infrared band, false-colored green,
the sunlit side of Saturn's atmosphere reflects brightly.
was obtained in late February by the
orbiting about 1.6 million kilometers out from Saturn.
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