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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nasa's Cassini Probe Snaps Objects Punching Through Saturn's F Ring

Hundreds of objects up to half a mile in diameter have been caught on camera wreaking havoc with one of Saturn’s rings.

The objects are actually snowballs created by some of Saturn’s 60 moons, like Prometheus.

They have been snapped punching through Saturn’s F ring, the outermost of the planet's main rings, with a radius of about 87,000 miles.

‘I think the F ring is Saturn's weirdest ring, and these latest Cassini results go to show how the F ring is even more dynamic than we ever thought,’ said Carl Murray, a Cassini imaging team member based at Queen Mary University of London. ‘These findings show us that the F ring region is like a bustling zoo of objects from a half mile in size to moons like Prometheus a hundred miles in size, creating a spectacular show.’ Read More