CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Faint Ring, Bright Arc

The bright arc in Saturn's faint G ring contains a little something special.

Although it can't be seen here, the tiny moonlet Aegaeon (formerly known as S/2008 S 1) orbits within the bright arc. See PIA11148 to learn more. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. Many background stars are visible.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 7, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 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: January 12, 2010 (PIA 12525)
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  Faint Ring, Bright Arc
PIA 12525

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