With a belt of rings around it, Saturn is one of the most instantly recognisable planets in our solar system.
Now, NASA has revealed a stunning new photo of Saturn, showing its beautiful rings in all their glory.
The photo was captured by the Cassini spacecraft, and is featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.
NASA explained: “This stunning view of Saturn’s rings and night side just isn’t possible from telescopes closer to the Sun than the outer planet. They can only bring Saturn’s day into view.
“In fact, this image of Saturn’s slender sunlit crescent with night’s shadow cast across its broad and complex ring system was captured by the Cassini spacecraft.”
Cassini was a robot spacecraft that orbited Saturn for 13 years, before plunging into the atmosphere of the gas giant on September 15, 2017.
The incredible photo is composed of frames recorded by Cassini’s wide-angle camera on September 12, 2017 – just three days before the suicide dive!
NASA added: “Saturn’s night will not be seen again until another spaceship from Earth calls.”
While Cassini is no longer orbiting Saturn, NASA has still managed to snap some beautiful photos of the planet in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescopes snapped an insanely clear picture of Saturn, in which its rings look like a vinyl record.
The high resolution of Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 allows us to see numerous ringlets and the fainter inner rings.