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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Panoramic scan across Saturn's rings (labeled)

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Panoramic scan across Saturn's rings (labeled) From a vantage point above the ring plane, Cassini scanned across the unlit side of Saturn's rings, acquiring images through multiple color filters to make this approximately natural color panorama, which shows details as small as 6 kilometers across (which is much larger than any of the individual particles within the rings). Because the light is shining from the back of the rings toward Cassini, parts of the rings that are mostly transparent but contain lots of fine dust, like the F ring and the Cassini division, are particularly bright.


More information and an unlabeled version available here.

Original image data dated on or about May 9, 2007


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