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NASA Shares a Close-Up View of Saturn’s C Ring Captured by Cassini Spacecraft

NASA Publishes a Close-Up View of Saturn’s C Ring, Captured by Cassini Spacecraft

The US-based independent space agency – NASA has recently publicised the latest image of Saturn’s C Ring, beamed back by the close-to-end Cassini Spacecraft.

Cassini has been closely examining and monitoring the sixth planet of the solar system – Saturn since 2004 and currently is hogging through its Grand Finale mission – conducting its closest-ever dive and orbits of the Saturn while jumping into the rings that make the planet stand out from other planets in our solar system. And in this closest-ever approach, the NASA-ESA-Italian Space Agency powered spacecraft has beamed back some breathtaking images of Saturn’s C-Rings. NASA has released one of the sent images of Cassini on Monday that shows Saturn’s C ring in great details.

The image was clicked by the Cassini Spacecraft which is inching closer to its end. On 9th January 2017, the onboard narrow-angle camera of Cassini clicked the stunning views of Saturn’s C Ring in green light. The spacecraft, while positioned approximately 194,000 miles or 312,000 kilometres away from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or stage, at an angle of 67 degrees, obtained the image of the ring. The scale of the beamed back image by Cassini is 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) per pixel, said NASA in its official press release.

Tuesday, while publishing the spectacular image of Saturn’s C Ring, the officials of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said, Saturn’s C ring hosts a dozens of regions which stand out as distinctly brighter than the rest of the rings of the planet and nearly half a dozen parts of C Ring of Saturn are unsupplied with ring material, said NASA. Scientists have named the bright parts of C Ring as “plateaus” and the lacked regions of the ring as “gaps.”

The experts at NASA have found out that the plateaus or bright regions of C Ring are comparatively more dazzling than the gaps because they contain higher particle density and imitate more brightness. However, up to now, researchers haven’t been able to make out the trickier enigma of how the plateaus are formed and going on, suggest the new NASA reports. The view, captured by Cassini stands in front of the sunny side of the rings, from nearly 62 degrees on top of the ring plane of Saturn.

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