Cassini captures another stunning view of Saturn and its rings 5

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is known for some of the most extraordinary images of Saturn , and its rings and moons, that we have seen. And this view over Saturn’s “shoulder” is no exception.

A telescope on Earth could never capture a view of Saturn like this, NASA officials wrote in an image description. The photo looks from dark side of Saturn (lower left) toward the sunlit side of the planet and its rings from roughly 25 degrees above the ring plane. Saturn’s weird hexagon-shaped storm is clearly visible churning at the planet’s north pole. hexagonal vortex at the north pole can be seen as well.

While Cassini captured this view of Saturn with a wide-angle camera on Oct. 28, 2016, NASA only released the photo Jan. 16. Cassini was about 810,000 miles away from Saturn when it captured the view.

Launched in 1997, the Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its nearly 20-year mission. In September, the spacecraft will be intentionally crashed into Saturn as a safety measure to protect the planet’s icy moons from contamination by the probe.

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