Saturn’s Ring System: Voyager-Era Animations

This animation illustrates the geometry of Voyager 2’s passage through the Saturn system. This was a NASA full motion video clip, converted to QuickTime format.

A sequence of Voyager images was used to generate this movie showing the motion of the mysterious “spokes” in Saturn’s B Ring.

The Voyager 2 Photopolarimeter (PPS) and Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS) instruments observed the occultation of the star delta Sco by Saturn’s rings. These experiments resolved the rings down to a scale of 100 meters. This animation shows the viewing geometry during the experiment.