Saturn sits nested in its rings of ice.
Saturn's Rings
Saturn's Rings, Cold and Colder
Spokes in Saturn's rings.
Composition Differences within Saturn's Rings
Saturn sits nested in its rings of ice.

Saturn sits nested in its rings of ice.

Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This natural color mosaic was acquired by the Cassini spacecraft as it soared 39 degrees above the unilluminated side of the rings.
Little light makes its way through the rings to be scattered in Cassini's direction in this viewing geometry, making the rings appear somewhat dark compared to the reflective planet.
Bright clouds play in the blue-gray skies of the north. The ring shadows continue to caress the planet as they slide farther south toward their momentary disappearance during equinox in 2009. The rings' reflected light illuminates the southern hemisphere on Saturn's night side.
Three of Saturn's moons are visible in this image: Mimas (397 km, or 247 mi across) at the 2 o'clock position, Janus (181 km, or 113 mi across) at the 4 o'clock position and Pandora (84 km, or 52 mi across) at the 8 o'clock position. Pandora is a faint speck just outside the narrow F ring.
The images in this view were obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million km (700,000 mi) from Saturn. Image scale is about 62 km (39 mi) per pixel.