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Scanning the Rings

Scanning the Rings

Date: 26 April 2005
Satellite: Cassini-Huygens
Depicts: Rings of Saturn
Copyright: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This amazing close-up of Saturn's rings reveals their incredible variety. In some regions there are wavelike structures, while in other places the rings' structure appears to be more chaotic.

This image shows (from top to bottom) the A ring with the Encke gap, the Cassini Division, and the B and C rings.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on 26 April 2005 at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometres from Saturn. The image scale is 14 kilometres per pixel.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
14-Jul-2024 09:54 UT

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