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A disturbance on the rings of Saturn and other pictures


A bright disruption in Saturn's narrow F ring captured by the Cassini spacecraft suggests it may have been disturbed recently. But Pandora lurking nearby, at lower right is unlikely the cause.

This feature, sometimes refer to as "jets" was most likely created by the interaction of a small object embedded in the ring itself and material in the core of the ring. These bodies are so small and embedded in the F ring they are difficult to spot at the resolution currently available.

Instead, their handiwork, like pictured here, reveals their presence, and allows scientists to study these stealthy sculptors of the F ring.

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