Saturn’s Rings Continue to Surprise Scientists

Composite image of a backlit Saturn, made from Cassini images acquired on July 19, 2013. Saturn's B ring appears darkest and densest here. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

If you try to apply simple common sense to how Saturn’s rings really work you’re going to be sorely mistaken: the giant planet’s signature features run circles around average Earthly intuition. This has been the case for centuries and is especially true now after recent news from : What Are Saturn’s Rings Made Of?Some ring sections — B, in particular — are much more visually opaque than others, demonstrated both by its reflectivity and how it prevents light from background stars from easily passing through it as readily as in other ring sections. One might quickly conclude that such an apparently dense section of rings would therefore contain considerably more mass. Yet, as it turns out, that’s not the case.Cassini measurements of in the Cassini news release here.Source: NASA/JPL

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