F Ring in Motion Saturn’s F Ring: billions of icy particles strung into ropy filaments by the gravity of small shepherd moons, and set aglow by sunlight. This sequence of images was captured by Cassini on February 14, 2013. I’ve removed some of the visual noise caused by comic rays hitting the imaging sensor. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/Bill Dunford

Arc of Ice and Light

Posted By Bill Dunford
2013/02/18 10:20 CST
Topics: pretty pictures, animation, amateur image processing, Saturn’s rings, Cassini

Saturn’s rings are made of billions of discrete particles of ice and dust, marshalled by the mathematics of gravity and momentum into thousands of concentric bands. Most of them look neat, regular, and ordered.

Then there’s the F Ring.

Read more: Arc of Ice and Light | The Planetary Society.

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