Incredible Towering Structures Cast Shadows Across Saturn’s Rings

Vertical structures cause shadows on Saturn's B ring in this August 2009 picture from the Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Vertical structures cause shadows on Saturn’s B ring in this July 2009 picture from the Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

From a distance, Saturn’s rings look like a sheer sheet, but peer up close and you can see that impression is a mistake. Shadows from rubble believed to be two miles (3.2 kilometers) high are throwing shadows upon the planet’s B ring in this image from the Cassini spacecraft.

While the picture is from 2009, it caught the eye of the lead of the Cassini imaging team, who wrote eloquently about it in a blog post recently celebrating the link between wonder and the holidays.

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