PIA00024: Saturn With Tethys and Dione

Saturn With Tethys and Dione


Saturn and two of its moons, Tethys (above) and Dione, were photographed by Voyager 1 on November 3, 1980, from 13 million kilometers (8 million miles). The shadows of Saturn's three bright rings and Tethys are cast onto the cloud tops. The limb of the planet can be seen easily through the 3,500-kilometer-wide (2,170 mile) Cassini Division, which separates ring A from ring B. The view through the much narrower Encke Division, near the outer edge of ring A is less clear. Beyond the Encke Division (at left) is the faintest of Saturn's three bright rings, the C-ring or crepe ring, barely visible against the planet.

Background Info:

The Voyager Project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn C Ring, Cassini Division, Dione, Encke Gap, Saturn Rings, Tethys
System Saturn
Target Type Planet Gap, Ring, Satellite
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Extra Keywords Color, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-01-29
Date in Caption 1980-11-03
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00024
Identifier PIA00024