Friday, September 29, 2006

Saturn's rings

This wide and sweeping view of the sunlit rings of Saturn takes in the impressive variety in their structure -- from the clumpy and perennially intriguing F ring to the many waves, ringlets and gaps in the A and B rings and the Cassini Division in between.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 9, 2006 at a distance of approximately 640,000 kilometers (397,000 miles) from Saturn. The view was acquired from about 10 degrees below the ringplane. Image scale on the sky at the distance of Saturn is 35 kilometers (22 miles) per pixel.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit The Cassini imaging team homepage is at

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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