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July 5, 1995
The Night Side of Saturn
Picture Credit: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,Voyager Project
This image of Saturn was made in November 1980 by the
1 spacecraft as it flew past the ringed gas giant planet.
From a spectacular vantage point, looking back toward the
inner solar system, the robot spacecraft recorded this
view of the night side of Saturn casting a sharp shadow across
the bright rings.
No Earth based telescope could ever take a similar picture.
Since Earth is closer to the sun than Saturn,
only the day side of the planet is visible from the Earth.
For more information see the `Views of the Solar System'
Rings and Moons
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