Satellite Rings Movie

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Motion, over 16 hour-period, of two satellites embedded in Jupiter’s ring.

This brief movie clip (of which the release image is a still frame), taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it approached Jupiter, shows the motions, over a 16 hour-period, of two satellites embedded in Jupiter’s ring. The moon Adrastea is the fainter of the two, and Metis is the brighter. Images such as these will be used to refine the orbits of the two bodies.

The movie was made from images taken during a 40-hour sequence of the Jovian ring on December 11, 2000.

Cassini is a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages Cassini for NASA’s Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA02872