SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Titanic Storm, Nanoflares, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Titanic Storm, Nanoflares, More
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August 12, 2009--Saturn's rings are reduced to thin, faint lines in a picture taken by the Cassini orbiter just after equinox, the point in the planet's orbit when the sun shines directly on the equator.

Cassini has been on an extended mission to study Saturn before, during, and after equinox. Changes in the angle of sunlight falling on the gas giant have so far revealed new moons, strange structures, and unusual processes at work in Saturn's famed rings.
— Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
 
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