Criss-Crossed Rings

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At initial glance, Saturn’s rings seem to be intersecting themselves in an unfit way. In actuality, this perspective from NASA’s Cassini booster shows a rings in front of a planet, on that a shade of a rings is cast. And since rings like a A ring and Cassini Division, that seem in a foreground, are not wholly opaque, a hoop of Saturn and those ring shadows can be seen directly by a rings themselves.

Saturn’s rings have formidable and minute structures, many of that can be seen here. In some cases, a reasons for a gaps and ringlets are known; for example, Pan (17 miles or 28 kilometers across) — seen here nearby picture core — keeps open a Encke gap. But in other cases, a origins and natures of gaps and ringlets are still feeble understood.

This perspective looks toward a sunlit side of a rings from about 14 degrees above a ring plane. The picture was taken in manifest light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Feb. 11, 2016.

The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) from Pan and during a Sun-Pan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 85 degrees. Image scale is 6 miles (10 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini goal is a mild plan of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and a Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a multiplication of a California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages a goal for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and a dual onboard cameras were designed, grown and fabricated during JPL. The imaging operations core is formed during a Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Source: NASA