In Saturnís shadow

In Saturnís shadow

Fig. 2.13 . This marvelous panoramic view of Saturn and its rings was created from 165 images taken by a wide-angle camera aboard the Cassini spacecraft on 15 September 2006, as it drifted into the darkness of Saturnís shadow and permitted observations of the planetís tiny ring particles. The narrowly confined G ring resides just outside the bright, inner main rings. The outer, wide E ring encircles the entire system; icy plumes feed the E ring from Saturnís satellite Enceladus. The exaggerated color contrast in this mosaic view can be used to infer processes that are sorting the ring particles according to their size. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University