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Saturn's E ring

Saturn's E ring

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

Saturn's E ring
This photo of Saturn was captured from a University of Hawaii telescope during the ring plane crossing on August 10, 1995. Saturn and its interior rings have been blocked from view so that their brightness won't wash out the image. The E ring is a very faint diagonal line extending to the left and right. On the E ring you can see four spots where icy moons reflected so much light that they saturated the camera's detector: from left to right, they are Rhea, Dione, Mimas, and Tethys.

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Original image data dated on or about August 10, 1995

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