The rings of Saturn
An ultraviolet image from the Cassini spacecraft shows, from the inside out, the 'Cassini division' in faint red at (L) followed by the A ring in its entirety. The A ring begins with a 'dirty' interior of red followed by a general pattern of more...more
The most detailed look ever at Saturn's rings, obtained by the Cassini spacecraft. Color is used to represent information about ring particle sizes measured by radio signals. REUTERS/NASA/JPL
A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in the Cassini spacecraft's field of view. Janus (179 km, or 111 miles across) is on the far left. Pandora (81 km, or 50 miles across) orbits between the A ring and the thin F ring near the middle of the...more
The wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's rings and planet Earth and its moon in the same frame in this rare image. REUTERS/NASA
This image of Saturn taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera was taken using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings...more
Saturn's atmosphere and its rings in a false color composite made from 12 images. The mosaic shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
A natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
The planet Saturn casting a shadow over its rings. REUTERS/Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
The planet Uranus is seen as a blue orb in the distance beyond Saturn's rings. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Flying past Saturn's moon Dione, Cassini captured this view which includes two smaller moons, Epimetheus and Prometheus, near the planet's rings. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
The first images transmitted from the the Cassini spacecraft during its orbit of Saturn in 2004. The image shows the sunlit side of Saturn's rings, showing sharp edges and ripples of energy in the planet's enormous rings. REUTERS/NASA
Three of Saturn's moons, Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas, taken in visible light. Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across) appears above the rings, while Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) sits just below center. Mimas (246 miles or 396...more
(L to R) The outer portion of the C ring and inner portion of the B ring around Saturn. The images show definite compositional variation within the rings. The B ring begins a little more than halfway across the image. The general pattern is from...more
View of the moons Tethys and Titan disrupted by the rings of Saturn. The larger moon, Titan is on the left. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing sides of Tethys and Titan. The angle also shows the northern, sunlit side of the rings from less than...more
Hubble Space Telescope images of Saturn, captured from 1996 to 2000, depict the planet in different stages of its 29-year journey around the sun. REUTERS/NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team
The sunlit side of Saturn's rings, showing sharp edges and ripples of energy in the planet's enormous rings. REUTERS/NASA
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