CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Spokes on Display

Saturn's B ring shows off bright spokes in the middle of this image taken at high phase.

This image was captured at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 119 degrees. To learn more about these ghostly radial markings, see PIA10567 and PIA11144.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from about 10 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 20, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 24, 2009 (PIA 11587)
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  Spokes on Display
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