Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Saturn's E and G rings

Filed under pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Venus, many worlds, Saturn, Saturn's rings

Go Back

Saturn's E and G rings Venus appears just off the edge of the Saturn in the upper part of this Cassini image, directly above the white streak of Saturn's G ring. Lower down, Saturn's E ring makes an appearance, looking blue thanks to the scattering properties of the dust that comprises the ring. The bright spot near the E ring is a distant star. This view looks toward the non-illuminated side of the rings from about 21° below the ring plane. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on January 4, 2013, at a distance of ~597,000 kilometers from Saturn. Image scale is 32 kilometers per pixel. Infrared, blue, and violet filter images were used to create this view.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Judy Schmidt

Original image data dated on or about January 4, 2013.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Judy Schmidt


Other Related Images


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!