Saturn’s F Ring Pierced

Puncture in Saturn's F Ring.  Image credit:  NASA

Puncture in Saturn's F Ring. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A new image taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captures an unusual event.  The image indicates that Saturn’s F Ring was pierced by an unknown object which drug particles from the ring in its wake creating an angled structure on the ring.  This puncture is visible due to Saturn’s equinox and the changing angle of the sun striking its rings.  Simply, the change allows for a more 3-D view of Saturn’s rings.  For more information, see National Geographic News.

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