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Season of Rings

A multitude of recent revelations about Saturn's continuously changing rings—including [link {2282}]new ring structures[/link] and evidence of possible recent meteor [link {2281}]impact[/link] on the rings—are among findings being presented this week at the Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, being held in Pasadena, Calif.

Oct 11, 2006: In Saturn's Shadow - the Pale Blue Dot - With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the Sun’s blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before, revealing previously unknown faint rings and even glimpsing its home world.
Oct 11, 2006: Moonmade Rings - This view, acquired with the Sun almost directly behind Saturn, reveals a previously unknown faint ring of material coincident with the orbit of the small moon Pallene.
Oct 11, 2006: Rounding the Corner - In the Aug. 3 issue of the journal Science, Cassini researchers announce that the origin of Saturn’s G ring has been traced to the bright arc of material on the ring’s inner edge.
Oct 11, 2006: New Rings for Cassini’s Division - High resolution Cassini images show an astonishing level of structure in the Cassini Division, including two ringlets that were not seen in Voyager spacecraft images 25 years ago.
Oct 11, 2006: A Twisted Tale - Saturn’s D ring--the innermost of the planet’s rings--sports an intriguing structure that appears to be a wavy, or “vertically corrugated,” spiral.
Oct 11, 2006: D Ring Sight Lines - A vertical corrugation in a diaphanous ring can give rise to brightness variations.

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