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The space probe Cassini photographed the rise of Janus and Rhea over the rings of Saturn. / March 1, 2010 /

The space probe Cassini photographed the rise of Janus and Rhea over the rings of Saturn Pictures and descriptions are available on the web-site of project .

Cassini took pictures, while approximately 1.7 million kilometers from Janus. The images show how the northern hemisphere of this satellite looks out over the sun-lit ring gas giant. For Janus at a distance of 3.1 million kilometers from Cassini’s visible Rhea.

According to scientists, the registration of such eclipses (Janus actually overshadow Rhea on the photos) you can get a large amount of data on the orbits of the Saturnian satellites. Recently, using collected Cassini data, the researchers made a small film, which can be clearly seen similar pairs of eclipse.

Apparatus Cassini was launched in 1997. The orbits of the gas giant, he reached in 2004, and recently the probe mission was extended until 2017. In total, the Cassini mission to make 155 revolutions around Saturn.

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