CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Light Shed on the Division

Light Shed on the Division
PIA 11450

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  Five wide bands near the center of this image form the structure of the Cassini Division ... an expanse between Saturn's B and A rings that appears dark or black in many other images.

The 4,800-kilometer wide (2,980-mile wide) division spans the right side of the image along with a small part of the B ring. The inner A ring appears on the left.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 9 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 13, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 819,000 kilometers (509,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 154 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 17, 2009 (PIA 11450)
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