Sunday, July 24, 2005

Prometheus On the Edge of the Rings

You might have to click on this picture to get the full-size view to appreciate it.  Barely visible, near the center, is Prometheus.  Along the bottom, you see the rings of Saturn; arcing from lower right to upper left, Saturn itself.  

Jul 22, 2005 - In this photograph, Cassini is looking through Saturn's rings to see the planet and one of its shepherd moons, Prometheus. The rings are casting a shadow onto the planet, and you can see the narrow, dense regions which are created by gravitational interaction with the shepherd moons. This picture was taken on June 3, 2005, when Cassini was 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Saturn.
Although you can't tell from this picture, there are no wars on Saturn.

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