Grooves and Kinks in a Rings

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Many of a facilities seen in Saturn’s rings are made by a planet’s moons. This perspective from NASA’s Cassini booster shows dual opposite effects of moons that means waves in a A ring and kinks in a F ring.

The A ring, that takes adult many of a picture on a left side, displays waves caused by orbital resonances with moons that circuit over a rings. Kinks, clumps and other structures in a F ring (the small, slight ring during right) can be caused by interactions between a ring particles and a moon Prometheus, that orbits only interior to a ring, as good as collisions between tiny objects within a ring itself.

This perspective looks toward a sunlit side of a rings from about 22 degrees above a ring plane. The picture was taken in manifest light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Mar 22, 2017.

The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 63,000 miles (101,000 kilometers) from Saturn and during a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 7 degrees. Image scale is 1,979 feet (603 meters) 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


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