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10 incredible images of Saturn

By: Katherine Butler on Dec. 18, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
This is what it looks like when Saturn occults the sun. The sun is behind the planet in this view, setting the rings and its atmosphere aglow.

Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Eclipsing the sun

This image, assembled by composites taken by the Cassini orbiter, shows Saturn and the sun in a moment of eclipse. The Cassini orbiter, part of the Cassini-Huygens mission, is a joint NASA/ESA/ASI robotic spacecraft mission sent to study Saturn and its satellites. It is made up of the orbiter and the European Space Agency-developed Huygens probe. This is named for famed Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who in 1655 became the first person to describe Saturn's rings as disks encircling the planet.