Of the countless equinoxes Saturn has seen since the birth of the solar system, this one, captured here in a mosaic of light and dark, is the first witnessed up close by an emissary from Earth â€¦ none other than our faithful robotic explorer, Cassini.
Seen from our planet, the view of Saturnâ€™s rings during equinox is extremely foreshortened and limited. But in orbit around Saturn, Cassini had no such problems. From 20 degrees above the ring plane, Cassiniâ€™s wide angle camera shot 75 exposures in succession for this mosaic showing Saturn, its rings, and a few of its moons a day and a half after exact Saturn equinox, when the sunâ€™s disk was exactly overhead at the planetâ€™s equator.
such a pretty planet, no?