Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as the northern hemisphere advances toward summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun.
May 17 | 2017
This will continue until the solstice later this month. Then, the shadow will extend only as far as the innermost A ring. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 3, 2017. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 760,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute