Saturn And Moons Caught On Camera By Cassini Spacecraft (PHOTOS)

02/09/2012 03:30 pm ET

Is Saturn our most photogenic planet? Have a look at this magnificent shot featuring Saturn's famous rings and Enceladus, one of the planet's 62 moons. The image was snapped recently by the Cassini spacecraft, a probe that's on year 15 of what could be a 20-year mission to explore Saturn and its moons. Of course, it's just one of many awe-inspiring images captured by Cassini. The slideshow below shows twenty more.

Coincidentally, the best time of the year to view Saturn started February 8, and some amateur astronomers are gearing up for the 11th, when the planet will rise with the moon in the evening. If you're planning to gaze at Saturn on Saturday night, you'll be able to see the rings--if you happen to have a telescope.

(All images and captions courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute, unless otherwise noted.)

Cassini Pictures Of Saturn And Its Moons


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