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Coasting Above the Rings

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Coasting Above the Rings
"Skimming over the rings of Saturn, a sightseeing craft gazes at the chevrons on the outer edge of the B ring. Here, small moons compress ring particles as they stream by into waves of material, some 2.5 km high. In the background are (L to R) Mimas, Tethys, and Enceladus, with a tiny moon embedded in the rings just left of center. Note the geysers pouring from the south pole of Enceladus, a phenomenon discovered by Cassini's imaging team.

As an artist, I've always had a love/hate relationship with those rings. All those concentric circles are enough to drive anyone crazy! But their dazzling nature, as brought out by Cassini's magical images, is just too much to pass up. For this view, I had to actually create a small sculpture--with help from Carolyn Porco--to duplicate the geometry of pointed shadows and curvilinear forms before I truly understood what those undulating fins looked like."

Tradigital Painting (acrylic on canvas, augmented digitally)

Michael Carroll   © 2014
Artist's Website

Alliance Member Comments
perigalacticon (Jan 13, 2017 at 6:24 AM):
Will Cassini return close-up photos of the rings so that the particle structure can be observed?