Besides the wide Cassini Division and the thin Encke Gap
at the outer edge, Saturn's ring system displays several distinct bright and dark regions in this sharp image captured on July 1st.
Despite its somehow unusual look and diminutive size, Pan is responsible for creating a dark gap known as 'Encke Gap
' on Saturn's rings.
The center ridge on Pan is likely made up of ring material the moon has absorbed from the Encke Gap
within which it orbits.
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.
This month is the best for trying to see special Saturnian wonders, such as one of the planet's dusky polar caps or the narrow Encke Gap
in the A ring out beyond the wide Cassini Division.
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.
Saturn's atmospheric bands and Cassini Division, with hints of the Encke Gap
, presented ethereal flavor differences between globe and rings.
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.
The hair-thin Encke Gap
, near the outer edge of the A ring, is a severe challenge under any conditions.
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.