Saturn seen passing behind the Sun
In this SOHO image, taken 21 July 2005, the Sun is represented by the white circle in the centre. Saturn is the bright object to the left of the Sun.
Saturn was approaching a position called ’superior conjunction’, that is, it would be almost directly behind the Sun as seen from Earth. Therefore the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn, was not able to send or receive transmissions normally.
As Cassini passed close by the limb (edge) of the Sun on 24 July, communications became impossible because of the Sun’s radio noise. The spacecraft regained full communication with Earth on 27 July, once again returning Saturn science data.
Bernhard Fleck | alfa
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