NASA's Voyager 2 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.
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Outer part of the Uranian ring system

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 125,000 kilometers (78,000 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 details

ID#:
PIA01355

Date added:
1998-11-13

Target:
U Rings

Mission:
Voyager

Spacecraft:
Voyager 2

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL