CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Saturn Rings 'Rev 173'

NASA's Cassini mission recently captured these gorgeous views of Saturn's D ring and the inner C ring. In one image, the boundary between the bright and faint areas -- cutting approximately through the middle of the image -- is the boundary between the C (outer, brighter) and D (inner, fainter) rings. In another image, Cassini imaged only one bright feature of the faint D ring and the C ring does not appear.

Oct 22, 2012: Saturn Rings 'Rev 173' Raw Preview #1 - This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's D ring was taken on October 18, 2012 and received on Earth October 19, 2012.
Oct 22, 2012: Saturn Rings 'Rev 173' Raw Preview #2 - This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's D ring was taken on October 18, 2012 and received on Earth October 18, 2012.

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