A new image recently returned from Cassini when passing into the dark side of the ringed giant. Seen from above the rings are being lit straight on with light reflecting off of them and captured by Cassini.IMAGE NOTE: The image has been adjusted from the original. The lower half of the disk of Saturn was copied from the top half of the globe, flipped and darkened to hint at the lower half of the globe. Only this lower half of the globe was “faked” in the image, and is barely even visible.
Here the rings of Saturn are lit from behind and take on quite a different appearance as the light is now filtered through the rings instead of reflected. IMAGE NOTE: A considerable amount of the ring details have been fabricated in this image. Unfortunately, the original cropped about 1/3 of the right side of the image. The rings were completed by referencing pixels at the edge of the original and continuing the arc around. Where no information was available to fill the frame, other images of Saturn were referenced to guess at their appearance. Again… the left 2/3 of the image is untouched.