Simple Rings

All of the outer planets have ring systems. Saturn’s are by far the most flamboyant. Jupiter doesn’t flash its rings around for all to see quite so obviously. From the darkness of the far side of Jupiter, the Galileo spacecraft saw sunlight scattered by the upper limits of Jupiter’s atmosphere creating a fine arc of light. And reaching outward was another fine line – Jupiter’s main ring, seen almost “edge-on.” The ring is a tenuous strand of fine particles, misty-edged, and in this image its simplicity is its beauty.


Fine Particle Ring System Outer Ring Fine Line Accelerate Effect 
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