PIA01374: Saturn's Ring System

Saturn’s Ring System


Both the limb of Saturn and the shadow of its ring system are seen through the transparent C-ring in this striking picture taken by NASA's Voyager 1 on Nov. 9, 1980 at a distance of 4.5 million kilometers (3 million miles). Gaps and regions of high transparency are seen throughout the C-ring, especially in the area closest to the opaque B-ring. Shadows of the A-, B-, and C-rings are clearly visible on the disk of Saturn. The C-ring shadow showing the gaps described above is the uppermost shadow; below this is the very black shadow of the opaque B-ring, then the Cassini Division, and at the bottom, the shadow of the A-ring.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings A Ring, B Ring, C Ring, Cassini Division, Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Gap, Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1998-11-13
Date in Caption 1980-11-09
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01374
Identifier PIA01374