PIA01962: High-resolution View of Saturn's Rings

High-resolution View of Saturn’s Rings


Voyager 2 high-resolution view of Saturn's rings Aug. 23 at a range of 3.3 million kilometers (2 million miles). The planet's limb is visible through the C-ring and the inner part of the B-ring. The ring shadows have been obscured by the bright band of light, evident on Saturn's surface, that passed through the more transparent Cassini Division. The Cassini Division is the darker gap that extends from the lower center of this image to the upper left; it is about 5,000 km. (3,100 mi.) wide. Many bright and dark ringlets are seen throughout the complex ring system.

Background Info:

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

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings B Ring, C Ring, Cassini Division, Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Gap, Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 2
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-04-25
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01962
Identifier PIA01962