PIA03001: Jovian Ring System Mosaic

Jovian Ring System Mosaic


NASA's Galileo spacecraft acquired this mosaic of Jupiter's ring system (top) when the spacecraft was in Jupiter's shadow looking back toward the Sun. Jupiter's ring system (inset diagram) is composed of three parts: an outermost gossamer ring, a flat main ring, and an innermost donut-shaped halo. These rings are made up of dust-sized particles that are blasted off of the nearby inner satellites by small impacts. This image was taken on November 9, 1996 at a distance of 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles).

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter Rings Gossamer Ring, Main Ring
System Jupiter
Target Type Ring
Mission Galileo
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Extra Keywords Color, Dust, Impact, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2000-09-25
Date in Caption 1996-11-09
Image Credit NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03001
Identifier PIA03001