Saturn’s Ring System

PIA01374: Saturn's Ring System

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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.

Image Note: PICNO 1472S1-004

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA01374