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Saturn's E and G rings

Saturn's E and G rings

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Judy Schmidt

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.

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

Original image data dated on or about January 4, 2013

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