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As Saturn‘s northern hemisphere summer approaches, the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet. Here, the ring shadows appear to obscure almost the entire southern hemisphere, while the planet’s north pole and its six-sided jet stream, known as “the hexagon,” are fully illuminated by the sun.

This beautiful new image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of Saturn looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 1.7 million miles (2.7 million kilometers) away.

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