Composition Differences within Saturn’s Rings

PIA01486: Composition Differences within Saturn's Rings

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Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn’s ring system to another are visible in this Voyager 2 picture as subtle color variations that can be recorded with special computer-processing techniques. This highly enhanced color view was assembled from clear, orange and ultraviolet frames obtained Aug. 17 from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles). In addition to the previously known blue color of the C ring and the Cassini Division, the picture shows additional color differences between the inner B ring and outer region (where the spokes form) and between these and the A ring. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Note: This image was scanned from physical media.

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA01486