Christmas card from the far side of Saturn

JISHOU, HUNAN — NASA/JPL has released a gorgeous image of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft while in the planet’s shadow.

Cassini image of Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft’s view of Saturn while in its shadow.

Cassini was about 500,000 miles (800,000 km) away from Saturn at the time. Its cameras took separate images using violet, red and infrared filters, and those images were combined to make this one.

Two of Saturn’s moons, Tethys and Enceladus, are visible as little dots on the lower left section of the image.

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