Another view of the jet in Saturn’s F ring

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory added this image of Saturn’s F ring, taken by the Cassini spacecraft, to its Photojournal yesterday (November 11, 2013). It’s another view of the mysterious jet in Saturn’s F ring, discovered by the Cassini spacecraft in an image acquired last June 20.

View larger. | Jet in Saturn's F ring. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.
View larger. | Jet in Saturn’s F ring, seen by Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn’s rings from about 45 degrees below the ring plane. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

NASA says that, although this image appears to show one jet appearing to leap from the F ring, a closer inspection suggests a few smaller jets making up this feature. NASA says the several jets suggest a slightly more complex origin process than previously believed.

Overall, the jets are thought by scientists to be caused by the ring’s particles interacting with small moons orbiting nearby.

November 12, 2013

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