rings of Saturn

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rings of Saturn

[′riŋz əv ′säd·ərn]
(astronomy)
Circular rings that encircle the planet Saturn at its equator; there are four main regions to the ring system; theory and observations indicate that the rings are composed of separate particles which move independently in the four series of circular coplanar orbits.
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The dark--but not empty--Cassini Division separates it from the dimmer A ring (at left), which sports the Encke Gap near its outer edge.
Pan is the second-innermost moon of Saturn, whose existence was first predicted in 1985 due to gravitational disturbances in the Encke Gap within Saturn's A Ring - the outermost of the planet's unique bright and large rings.
The orbit of the comet was not quite a discovery of Higgs boson magnitude and nor was the Encke Gap, something to do with saturn's rings.
The waves resemble those found in Saturn's F ring and the Encke gap, which were already known to have been generated by moons.
The hair-thin Encke Gap, near the outer edge of the A ring, is a severe challenge under any conditions.
The other ring-bound Saturnian moon, 16-km-wide Pan, orbits along a closer-in clearing called the Encke gap and creates similar wavelike features.
Swirling clouds within Jupiter's Great Red Spot, or the enigmatic Encke Gap at the edge of Saturn's ring system, are two trophies we often search for when presented with a high-resolution planetary image.
Saturn shows off its amazing ring system with its dark Cassini Division and rarely seen Encke Gap visible near the outer edge of the B ring.
The biggest propellers, which are thousands of kilometers long and have nicknames that honor early aviators, occupy a strip between the Encke Gap and the A ring's outer edge.
With the rings opened up, I could even see the thin, black hairline of the Encke Gap in the bright, outer A ring.
These structures lie in the small, 2,000-mile-wide band between the Encke Gap and the A ring's outer edge.