CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Moonlet Signatures

In a finding with significant implications for the initial stages of planet formation and the origins of Saturn's rings, imaging scientists have spotted the telltale signature of moonlets approximately 100 meters (300 feet) in diameter lurking within Saturn's A ring. These [link {1936}]intriguing results[/link] will be published in the March 30, 2006 issue of the journal Nature.

Mar 29, 2006: Locating the Propellers - This collection of Cassini images provides context for understanding the location and scale of propeller-shaped features observed within Saturnís A ring.
Mar 29, 2006: Four Propellers - These figures show the four propeller-shaped structures discovered in close-up images of Saturnís A ring.
Mar 29, 2006: Propeller Motion - This magnified view illustrates the general orientation of the ďpropellerĒ features in Saturnís rings as they orbit the planet.