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Earth and moon between Saturn’s rings

21 Apr 2017, 11:20 UTC
Earth and moon between Saturn’s rings
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This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn. The moon is there, too, to the left of Earth. Image via NASA JPL.
NASA released this new image from its Cassini spacecraft on April 20, 2017, as Cassini maneuvers into position for its final sweep past the large moon Titan and then its Grand Finale passes between the body of Saturn and inner part of Saturn’s rings. Cassini captured the new image, which shows the Earth and moon as a points of light between Saturn’s rings, on April 12, when the craft was 870 million miles (1.4 billion km) away from Earth. NASA said:
Although far too small to be visible in the image, the part of Earth facing Cassini at the time was the southern Atlantic Ocean.
You can see the moon better in the cropped, zoomed-in version of the image below:
Earth on the right, moon on the left in this cropped, zoomed-in version of the image above, via NASA JPL.
NASA added:
The rings visible here are the A ring (at top) with the Keeler and Encke gaps visible, and the F ring (at bottom). During ...

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