The Cassini spacecraft watches Saturn's small moon Epimetheus orbiting
beyond the planet's rings. Epimetheus (70 miles, or 113 kilometers
across) orbits beyond the thin F ring near the bottom center of this
view and is farther from the spacecraft than the rings are here. This
view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from
about 1 degree below the
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 30, 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) from Epimetheus. Image scale is 9 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel.