Spectacular Saturn Images by 'Amateurs' Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteNASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular photo of a perplexing wave structure in one of Saturn's rings as the probe heads into its final days at the gas giant.  The rings of Saturn are embedded with billions of water-ice particles ranging in size from grains of sand to monstrous chunks. Saturn's rings also feature waves that propagate outward in spiral patterns.  The new image from Cassini captures an up-close view of a spiral density wave visible in Saturn's B ring. The wave structure is a buildup of material that has formed from the gravitational pull of Saturn's moons, NASA officials said. [Fly Through Space Photos 'In Saturn's Rings' (Video)] The density wave visible in Saturn's B ring originates 59,796 miles (96,233 kilometers) from the planet, where the "ring particles orbit Saturn twice for every time the moon Janus orbits once, creating an orbital resonance," according to a statement from NASA

Spectacular Saturn Images by 'Amateurs' Will Make Your Jaw Drop

These amazing images of Saturn were created by enthusiasts from the public data available from the Cassini spacecraft.

Mon 18 Sep 17 from SPACE.com

Spectacular Saturn Images by 'Amatuers' Will Make Your Jaw Drop, Fri 15 Sep 17 from Livescience

Wild! Cassini probe spots weird waves in Saturn's rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular photo of a perplexing wave structure in one of Saturn's rings as the probe heads into its final days at the gas giant.

Tue 12 Sep 17 from FOXNews

Cassini captured an up-close view of a spiral density wave visible in Saturn's B ring that has formed from the gravitational pull of Saturn's moons.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteNASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular photo of a perplexing wave structure in one of Saturn's rings as the probe ...

Tue 12 Sep 17 from Discovery News

  • Pages: 1

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share