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Cassini Discovers the F Ring Is Embraced by a Spiral

Cassini imaging science results presented in this week's issue of the journal Science detail the discovery that 'ringlets' flanking the F ring core actually are a single spiral arm, tightly wound around the planet, and probably created when satellites cross the F ring.

Nov 24, 2005: Cassini Discovers the F Ring Is Embraced by a Spiral - Cassini imaging science results presented in this week's issue of the journal Science detail the discovery that 'ringlets' flanking the F ring core actually are a single spiral arm, tightly wound around the planet, and probably created when satellites cross the F ring.

Sep 5, 2005: The Clump/Moon Mystery - Scientists have long suspected that small moons hiding among the ring's strands might beproducing some of the unusual structure observed in the F ring.
Sep 5, 2005: The F Ring's Spiral Arm - This map of Saturn's F ring illustrates how the ghostly strands flanking the core of this contorted ring, when examined in detail, actually form a spiral structure wound like a spring around the planet.

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