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
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.
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