"Of all the many glorious images we have received from Saturn, none are more strikingly unusual than those taken from Saturn's shadow," said Carolyn Porco, CICLOPS team lead based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Imaged in October as the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow, Cassini turned its cameras toward the planet. The sun is fully blocked by the disk of Saturn, casting a shadow through the ring system. The rings are back-lit by sunlight.
This isn't just a spectacular photo opportunity either. The Cassini science team can use this period in probe's orbit - in a very-high-phase viewing geometry - to gather fine detail in the rings and features in the planet's atmosphere that would normally be hard to spot.