Computer Model of the Ring Particle Size Distribution

Computer Model of the Ring Particle Size Distribution

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Caption:

A computer-simulated view of particles ranging in size from marbles to beach balls, populating a 3-meter-square section of Saturn’s A Ring. This picture was constructed to illustrate the size distribution of ring particles based on Voyager Radio Science occultation data. In reality the particles are not smooth spheres, but their depiction here as spheres is representative of the properties often assumed (implicitly or explicitly) in mathematical models of the rings.