CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Rings Aglow

Rings Aglow
PIA 09860

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  Saturn's softly glowing rings shine in scattered sunlight.

The B ring presents a remarkable difference in brightness between the near and far arms (bottom and top of the image, respectively). The strong variation in brightness could be due to the presence of wake-like features in the B ring.

See PIA08389 for a labeled Cassini map of the rings.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 5 degrees above the ringplane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired at a distance of approximately 574,000 kilometers (357,000 miles) from Saturn. At the center of the image, the Sun-ring-spacecraft, or phase, angle is 114 degrees, and the image scale is 34 kilometers (21 miles) per pixel in the radial, or outward from Saturn, direction.

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 Institute
Released: March 18, 2008 (PIA 09860)
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Alliance Member Comments
balalajke (Sep 26, 2011 at 4:26 AM):
yeah look great !!
Red_dragon (Mar 18, 2008 at 9:03 AM):
So beautiful as magical. Thanks again for creating and sharing images as this one.