CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Edge Waves

Daphnis drifts through the Keeler gap, at the center of its entourage of waves.

The little moon (8 kilometers, 5 miles across) draws material in the Keeler gap (42 kilometers, 26 miles wide) into these now familiar edge waves as it orbits Saturn.

This view looks toward the lit side of the rings from about 25 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 27, 2006 at a distance of approximately 325,000 kilometers (202,000 miles) from Daphnis and at a Sun-Daphnis-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 36 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteNASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 28, 2006 (PIA 08319)
Image/Caption Information
  Edge Waves
PIA 08319

Avg Rating: 7.82/10

Full Size 720x340:
PNG 120 KB