The planet’s rings are seen edge on across centre left (thin line). They are casting shadows over Saturn’s northern hemisphere. The varying densities of the rings are responsible for the varying darkness of the shadows. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched in 1997 to investigate Saturn, its rings and its moons. This image was taken by Cassini’s wide-angle camera on the 24th May 2006 at a distance of 1.3 million kilometres from Saturn. (Photo by Science Photo Library)
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