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Ring Scan

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Ring Scan


Scroll right and cruise above the thin, icy rings of Saturn.

This high
resolution scan
is a mosaic of images
presented in natural color and recorded in May,
over about 2.5 hours as
the Cassini spacecraft passed above the unlit side of
the rings.

The rings themselves are seen
to be composed of many individual ringlets.

To help track your progress, the rings are labeled below,
along with the distance from the center of
the gas giant in kilometers.

Major ring gaps are labeled above.

The alphabetical
designation of Saturn's rings is
and related to their order of
rings A and B are the bright rings separated by the
Cassini division.

In order of increasing distance from Saturn,
the seven main rings run D,C,B,A,F,G,E.

(Faint, outer rings G and E
are not imaged here.)

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