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Saturn's B-Ring Peaks

02/15/2017 11:21 PM

Vertical structures, among the tallest seen in Saturn's main rings, rise abruptly from the edge of Saturn's B ring to cast long shadows on the ring in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft two weeks before the planet's August 2009 equinox.

Part of the Cassini Division, between the B and the A rings, appears at the top of the image, showing ringlets in the inner division.

In this image, Cassini's narrow angle camera captured a 1,200-kilometre-long (750-mile-long) section arcing along the outer edge of the B ring. Here, vertical structures tower as high as 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) above the plane of the rings -- a significant deviation from the vertical thickness of the main A, B and C rings, which is generally only about 10 metres (about 30 feet).

Cassini scientists believe that this is one prominent region at the outer edge of the B ring where large bodies, or moonlets, up to a kilometre or more in size, are found. It is possible that these bodies significantly affect the ring material streaming past them and force the particles upward, in a "splashing" manner.

This image and others like it (see PIA11669) are only possible around the time of Saturn's equinox, which occurs every half-Saturn-year, or about every 15 Earth years. The illumination geometry that accompanies equinox lowers the sun's angle to the ring plane and causes structures jutting out of the plane to cast long shadows across the rings. The "season" of equinox allows shadows to appear on the rings in the months before and after equinox, but the actual equinox occurred August 11, 2009, as the sun shone directly edge-on to the ring plane.

This view looks toward the southern, sunlit side of the rings from about 32 degrees below the ring plane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 26, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 336,000 km (209,000 mi.) from Saturn and at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 132 degrees. Image scale is 2 km (1.2 mi.) per pixel.

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02/16/2017 6:22 AM

I looks like an analog message similar to a record. So it must be aliens.

Very interesting.. Even on the off chance it's natural.

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02/16/2017 11:03 AM

Play it again, Sam. It must have something to do with Casablanca.

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02/16/2017 9:23 AM

Due to the scale, one pixel is 1.2 miles, I would think if you got closer much of the surface of the rings would be like this. They seem to be perpendicular to the surface of the ring, and the rest of the ring looks grooved so possibly the grooves are similar features on a smaller scale.

I would suspect magnetic or static forces to make them such straight lines, a 'splashing' effect like quote in the OP would be more random. I wonder what will happen if / when we get close enough to see, will it ruin a ring?

Have we ever witnessed a meteor punching through a ring?

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02/16/2017 10:12 AM

What is it?

A: a little moon

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02/16/2017 10:41 AM

Daphnis. Discovered in 2005. A closer view:

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02/16/2017 10:41 AM

Some people believe saturn as a god. He/it is not.

Somebody wants to put Saturn with his feet in my tummy, but I said to myself. No, you shouldn't have done that. The owner of the altar which I was in will certainly recompense what you did. And it did, as I never doubt it it would.

The snake wants to eat, he should devour only the flesh and dust as cursed.

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02/16/2017 11:03 AM

What the what? Did you eat a bad clam? Have you been out in an intense solar radiation field today for extended hours? Go back to where you are in the shadow of Dog's almighty wings.

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02/16/2017 11:09 AM

"Bread eaten in the dark is sweet. Unknowing, that the guests thereof are from the depths of hell" King Solomon

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02/16/2017 11:29 AM

Are you calling Saturn gluttonous?

Free himself from anonymous post and feast on the bread of the living in the light of knowing.

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02/16/2017 12:00 PM

Who is this Drole? Is that from "Ghostbusters". No, wait for it, that was Zzool. Rhymes with Drool.

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02/16/2017 12:21 PM

Drole- A term used by the Irish to depict something as dull, boring or generally shite. That's what I think of the comics that post as Anon. ...but I do imagine this fellow is a mouth breathing drooler who still fancy's a night watching Ghostbusters...and the sequels..

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02/16/2017 10:42 PM

Say to your buddy. Lets' eat and drink for tomorrow we will die.

The saddest discovery when you are in the dark is "It's true there is God" but I just lost my portion cause the devil tells me so.

Don't believe the devil, he is a liar!

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02/17/2017 11:39 AM

Spro must be off his meds again.

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02/16/2017 11:59 AM

Are you bothering me about those Burger King Texas Whopper burgers I eat in total darkness to as to fool my diabetes? Hey it has been working for me. I bought it in the light, so I inspected it for hell worms first.

Now leave me the F*** alone.

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02/16/2017 2:02 PM

Blessings be rained down upon for sharing the wisdom that cries forth in the street, who can buy wisdom when it falls on us from heaven?

Thank you so very much for that. I recently ran across a health book that essentially says the same message, just not as succinctly.

Goodbye stubborn belly fat indeed.

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02/16/2017 10:32 PM

I wonder if there were many chinese diabetics than americans.

Ive read somewhere that the best cure for every sickness is not to eat at all for couple of weeks. Dogs don't eat at times.

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02/17/2017 5:07 AM

Hello Timex. Nice to see you again. You are such a wind up merchant. You tick everyone off.

That loaf of bread you ate last night was actually a doughnut.

All bread in those days was never sweet, and sweetbreads oddly, has nothing to do with baked bread.

Baked bread in hell is like eating charcoal and that is not sweet.

Next wind up: 12.45. Thanks for the chuckles Timex.

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