Sunday, October 15, 2006

Saturn's Moons May Be Creating New Rings

Nothing to do with archaeology but I just couldn't help it! I found the following image very beautiful...

NASA Finds Saturn's Moons May Be Creating New Rings
October 11, 2006
(Source: NASA/JPL)

In Saturn's Shadow (Color-exagerated view)
Imaging scientists have noticed color variations across the diffuse rings that imply active processes sort the particles in the ring according to their sizes.

See the labeled version and the original version.
Cassini scientists are on the trail of the missing moons of Saturn. A recent observation by the spacecraft leads them to believe that they will find the moons near newly discovered rings around the planet.

During an unprecedented opportunity, with the sun poised behind Saturn, Cassini scientists discovered two new rings and confirmed the presence of two others. The new rings are associated with one or more small moons and share their orbits with the moons, while scientists suspect a moon is lurking near a third ring.

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