Ripples Have Ridges

 

Daphnis Makes Waves
Daphnis Makes Waves

Another great image showing Saturn’s moon Daphnis sending up high-walled waves in the ring material edging the Keeler Gap in which it resides. The waves cast shadows back onto the A ring, as does the moon itself.

This image was taken on May 24, 2009 by the Cassini spacecraft.

RAW image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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2 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    I don’t know many ring ripple pictures I posted, all the while having no idea whatsoever that this amazing three-dimensional structure existed. Awesome stuff.

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  2. Todd says:

    It will be interesting to see if the “propellers” in the rings show up with shadows like these once the equinox gets closer.

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