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F Ring Zoo

19 Feb 2013, 04:31 UTC
F Ring Zoo
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more from Saturn ..Ben The F ring shows off a rich variety of phenomena in this image from Cassini. Near the lower-right of the F ring are two “fans” of material radiating out of the main strand (or “core”) of the ring. Kinks are apparent all along the core, and dark “channels” cut into the [...]

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The F ring shows off a rich variety of phenomena in this image from Cassini. Near the lower-right of the F ring are two “fans” of material radiating out of the main strand (or “core”) of the ring. Kinks are apparent all along the core, and dark “channels” cut into the main strand can be seen in places, the result of a recent interaction with the shepherd moon Prometheus.
Scientists believe that many of the F ring’s diverse features are the result of interactions between ring material and either the shepherd moons or clumps of material within the ring.
This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 6 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 25, 2012.
The view was acquired at a distance ...

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