Outer Part of the Uranian Ring System

PIA01355: Outer Part of the Uranian Ring System

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Caption:

View of rings just 11 minutes before passing through the ring plane.

Voyager 2’s wide-angle camera captured this view of the outer part of the Uranian ring system the morning of Jan. 24, 1986, just 11 minutes before passing through the ring plane. The spacecraft was 125,OOO kilometers (78,OOO miles) away when it obtained this clear-filter view; the resolution is slightly better than 9 km (6 mi). The brightest, outermost ring is known as epsilon. Interior to epsilon lie (from top) the newly discovered 1Oth ring of Uranus – designated 1986UR1 and barely visible here – and then the delta, gamma and eta rings. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image Note: PICNO 1732U2-001

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA01355