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Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Shadows and Rings

Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17154
Added: 2014-03-03

Views: 1284

Shadows and Rings

Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings, and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.
On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings, and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.

The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings, and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17172
Added: 2013-11-12

Views: 177471

The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings, and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reminds us of how different Mimas and Pandora are when they appear together; although both are moons of Saturn, Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reminds us of how different Mimas and Pandora are when they appear together; although both are moons of Saturn, Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape.

Two Moons Passing in the Night

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reminds us of how different Mimas and Pandora are when they appear together; although both are moons of Saturn, Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17120
Added: 2013-07-22

Views: 3738

Two Moons Passing in the Night

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reminds us of how different Mimas and Pandora are when they appear together; although both are moons of Saturn, Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape.

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Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.
Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.

Mimas Peeks Over Saturn

Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14652
Added: 2013-03-18

Views: 1474

Mimas Peeks Over Saturn

Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.

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Janus is spotted over Saturn's north pole in this image while Mimas' shadow glides across Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is the faint dot that appears just above Saturn's north pole.
Janus is spotted over Saturn's north pole in this image while Mimas' shadow glides across Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is the faint dot that appears just above Saturn's north pole.

Saturn Looms

Janus is spotted over Saturn's north pole in this image while Mimas' shadow glides across Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is the faint dot that appears just above Saturn's north pole.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14640
Added: 2012-12-24

Views: 1577

Saturn Looms

Janus is spotted over Saturn's north pole in this image while Mimas' shadow glides across Saturn in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is the faint dot that appears just above Saturn's north pole.

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Although Mimas holds the unofficial designation of 'Death Star moon,' Tethys is seen here also vaguely resembling the space station from Star Wars. Apparently, Tethys doesn't want Mimas to have all the fun!
Although Mimas holds the unofficial designation of 'Death Star moon,' Tethys is seen here also vaguely resembling the space station from Star Wars. Apparently, Tethys doesn't want Mimas to have all the fun!

Another Death Star?

Although Mimas holds the unofficial designation of 'Death Star moon,' Tethys is seen here also vaguely resembling the space station from Star Wars. Apparently, Tethys doesn't want Mimas to have all the fun!

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14637
Added: 2012-12-03

Views: 2920

Another Death Star?

Although Mimas holds the unofficial designation of 'Death Star moon,' Tethys is seen here also vaguely resembling the space station from Star Wars. Apparently, Tethys doesn't want Mimas to have all the fun!

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Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted two features shaped like the 1980s video game icon
Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted two features shaped like the 1980s video game icon

A Pair of 'Pac-Men'

Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted two features shaped like the 1980s video game icon

Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Composite Infrared Spectrometer
ID#: PIA16198
Added: 2012-11-26

Views: 2696

A Pair of 'Pac-Men'

Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted two features shaped like the 1980s video game icon "Pac-Man" on moons of Saturn. One was observed on the moon Mimas in 2010 and the latest was observed on the moon Tethys.

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Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.
Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.

Dwarfed by Saturn

Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14631
Added: 2012-10-29

Views: 1992

Dwarfed by Saturn

Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.

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The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn's moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA's Cassini and Voyager images.
The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn's moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA's Cassini and Voyager images.

Mimas Polar Maps - June 2012

The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn's moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA's Cassini and Voyager images.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA14927
Added: 2012-08-16

Views: 1843

Mimas Polar Maps - June 2012

The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn's moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA's Cassini and Voyager images.

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This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during NASA's Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage.
This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during NASA's Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage.

Map of Mimas - June 2012

This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during NASA's Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA14926
Added: 2012-08-16

Views: 2566

Map of Mimas - June 2012

This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during NASA's Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage.

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Saturn's moon Mimas peeps out from behind the larger moon Dione in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's moon Mimas peeps out from behind the larger moon Dione in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Peeping Mimas

Saturn's moon Mimas peeps out from behind the larger moon Dione in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14619
Added: 2012-07-30

Views: 2099

Peeping Mimas

Saturn's moon Mimas peeps out from behind the larger moon Dione in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's rings cast wide shadows on the planet, and the shadow of a moon also graces the gas giant in this scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is not shown in this view, but it does cast a small, elongated shadow.
Saturn's rings cast wide shadows on the planet, and the shadow of a moon also graces the gas giant in this scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is not shown in this view, but it does cast a small, elongated shadow.

Shadows on a Giant

Saturn's rings cast wide shadows on the planet, and the shadow of a moon also graces the gas giant in this scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is not shown in this view, but it does cast a small, elongated shadow.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14615
Added: 2012-07-02

Views: 2409

Shadows on a Giant

Saturn's rings cast wide shadows on the planet, and the shadow of a moon also graces the gas giant in this scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is not shown in this view, but it does cast a small, elongated shadow.

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The shadow of the moon Mimas creates a smudge on the southern hemisphere of Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Mimas does not appear here, but it does cast its shadow on the planet in the lower left of the image.
The shadow of the moon Mimas creates a smudge on the southern hemisphere of Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Mimas does not appear here, but it does cast its shadow on the planet in the lower left of the image.

Smudge of a Shadow

The shadow of the moon Mimas creates a smudge on the southern hemisphere of Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Mimas does not appear here, but it does cast its shadow on the planet in the lower left of the image.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14603
Added: 2012-04-09

Views: 2434

Smudge of a Shadow

The shadow of the moon Mimas creates a smudge on the southern hemisphere of Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Mimas does not appear here, but it does cast its shadow on the planet in the lower left of the image.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft examines Saturn and the planet's northern hemisphere, which was ravaged by a huge storm for much of 2011.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft examines Saturn and the planet's northern hemisphere, which was ravaged by a huge storm for much of 2011.

Quieted Storm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft examines Saturn and the planet's northern hemisphere, which was ravaged by a huge storm for much of 2011.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14601
Added: 2012-03-26

Views: 2727

Quieted Storm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft examines Saturn and the planet's northern hemisphere, which was ravaged by a huge storm for much of 2011.

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Saturn's moon Mimas joins the planet's rings which appear truncated by the planet's shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's moon Mimas joins the planet's rings which appear truncated by the planet's shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Cut-Off Rings

Saturn's moon Mimas joins the planet's rings which appear truncated by the planet's shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14596
Added: 2012-02-20

Views: 2571

Cut-Off Rings

Saturn's moon Mimas joins the planet's rings which appear truncated by the planet's shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's moon Mimas peeks out from behind the night side of the larger moon Dione in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the Dione flyby of Dec. 12, 2011.
Saturn's moon Mimas peeks out from behind the night side of the larger moon Dione in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the Dione flyby of Dec. 12, 2011.

Past Night

Saturn's moon Mimas peeks out from behind the night side of the larger moon Dione in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the Dione flyby of Dec. 12, 2011.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14592
Added: 2012-01-23

Views: 2348

Past Night

Saturn's moon Mimas peeks out from behind the night side of the larger moon Dione in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the Dione flyby of Dec. 12, 2011.

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Saturn's rings lie between a pair of moons in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that features Mimas and Prometheus. Mimas is the more noticeable of the two moons at top left, Prometheus is near the center of image and closest to Cassini.
Saturn's rings lie between a pair of moons in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that features Mimas and Prometheus. Mimas is the more noticeable of the two moons at top left, Prometheus is near the center of image and closest to Cassini.

Rings In Between

Saturn's rings lie between a pair of moons in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that features Mimas and Prometheus. Mimas is the more noticeable of the two moons at top left, Prometheus is near the center of image and closest to Cassini.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14585
Added: 2011-12-05

Views: 3361

Rings In Between

Saturn's rings lie between a pair of moons in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that features Mimas and Prometheus. Mimas is the more noticeable of the two moons at top left, Prometheus is near the center of image and closest to Cassini.

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The largest storm to ravage Saturn in decades started as a small spot seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 5, 2010 -- the same day Cassini also detected frequent lightning signals.
The largest storm to ravage Saturn in decades started as a small spot seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 5, 2010 -- the same day Cassini also detected frequent lightning signals.

Birth of a Behemoth Storm

The largest storm to ravage Saturn in decades started as a small spot seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 5, 2010 -- the same day Cassini also detected frequent lightning signals.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA14902
Added: 2011-11-17

Views: 2850

Birth of a Behemoth Storm

The largest storm to ravage Saturn in decades started as a small spot seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 5, 2010 -- the same day Cassini also detected frequent lightning signals.

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A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in this portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is seen on the far left, Pandora orbits near the middle, Enceladus appears above the center, and Rhea and Mimas are seen on the right side.
A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in this portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is seen on the far left, Pandora orbits near the middle, Enceladus appears above the center, and Rhea and Mimas are seen on the right side.

Quintet of Moons

A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in this portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is seen on the far left, Pandora orbits near the middle, Enceladus appears above the center, and Rhea and Mimas are seen on the right side.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14573
Added: 2011-09-12

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Quintet of Moons

A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in this portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Janus is seen on the far left, Pandora orbits near the middle, Enceladus appears above the center, and Rhea and Mimas are seen on the right side.

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Saturn's small, potato-shaped moon Prometheus appears embedded within the planet's rings near the center of this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft while the larger moon Mimas orbits beyond the rings.
Saturn's small, potato-shaped moon Prometheus appears embedded within the planet's rings near the center of this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft while the larger moon Mimas orbits beyond the rings.

Planted Potato

Saturn's small, potato-shaped moon Prometheus appears embedded within the planet's rings near the center of this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft while the larger moon Mimas orbits beyond the rings.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA12774
Added: 2011-07-11

Views: 3381

Planted Potato

Saturn's small, potato-shaped moon Prometheus appears embedded within the planet's rings near the center of this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft while the larger moon Mimas orbits beyond the rings.

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The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The planet's rings are in the background.
The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The planet's rings are in the background.

Mimas' Flat Spot

The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The planet's rings are in the background.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA12761
Added: 2011-04-11

Views: 2849

Mimas' Flat Spot

The right-hand limb of Saturn's moon Mimas appears flattened as Herschel Crater is viewed edge-on in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The planet's rings are in the background.

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Shadows adorn Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which also includes the moon Rhea, shown orbiting between the planet and the spacecraft and appears above the rings on the left of the image.
Shadows adorn Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which also includes the moon Rhea, shown orbiting between the planet and the spacecraft and appears above the rings on the left of the image.

Southern Shadows

Shadows adorn Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which also includes the moon Rhea, shown orbiting between the planet and the spacecraft and appears above the rings on the left of the image.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA12744
Added: 2010-12-13

Views: 2862

Southern Shadows

Shadows adorn Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which also includes the moon Rhea, shown orbiting between the planet and the spacecraft and appears above the rings on the left of the image.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft turns the eye of its camera toward Saturn's moon Mimas and spies the large Herschel Crater which itself looks like the iris of an eye peering out into space.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft turns the eye of its camera toward Saturn's moon Mimas and spies the large Herschel Crater which itself looks like the iris of an eye peering out into space.

An Eye on Mimas

NASA's Cassini spacecraft turns the eye of its camera toward Saturn's moon Mimas and spies the large Herschel Crater which itself looks like the iris of an eye peering out into space.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA12739
Added: 2010-11-08

Views: 3090

An Eye on Mimas

NASA's Cassini spacecraft turns the eye of its camera toward Saturn's moon Mimas and spies the large Herschel Crater which itself looks like the iris of an eye peering out into space.

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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in disks like Saturn's rings and spiral galaxies.
This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in disks like Saturn's rings and spiral galaxies.

Oscillations at B Ring Edge

This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in disks like Saturn's rings and spiral galaxies.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA12795
Added: 2010-11-01

Views: 2481

Oscillations at B Ring Edge

This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the outer edge of Saturn’s B ring, reveals the combined effects of a tugging moon and oscillations that can naturally occur in disks like Saturn's rings and spiral galaxies.

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Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring. This ring movement resembles the suspected behavior of spiral disk galaxies.
Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring. This ring movement resembles the suspected behavior of spiral disk galaxies.

Galactic Behavior for the Outer B Ring

Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring. This ring movement resembles the suspected behavior of spiral disk galaxies.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA12794
Added: 2010-11-01

Views: 2485

Galactic Behavior for the Outer B Ring

Keeping a close watch on the outer portion of Saturn's B ring, NASA's Cassini spacecraft records the complex inward and outward movement of the edge of the ring. This ring movement resembles the suspected behavior of spiral disk galaxies.

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