Astronomy Picture of the Day
The image was taken in polarized
infrared light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 2, 2005, at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 119 degrees. The image scale is 104 kilometers (65 miles) per pixel.
Reflection of light off of moons like Enceladus
(pictured) and the billions of small particles in Saturn's rings, gives the giant space orb an unusual glow, an effect highlighted in polarized light.
posted by Cyndy