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Wild! Cassini Probe Spots Weird Waves in Saturn's Rings (Photo) (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 17:13

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular photo of a perplexing wave structure in one of Saturn's rings as the probe heads into its final days at the gas giant.

The rings of Saturn are embedded with billions of water-ice particles ranging in size from grains of sand to monstrous chunks. Saturn's rings also feature waves that propagate outward in spiral patterns.

The new image from Cassini captures an up-close view of a spiral density wave visible in Saturn's B ring. The wave structure is a buildup of material that has formed from the gravitational pull of Saturn's moons, NASA officials said. [Fly Through Space Photos 'In Saturn's Rings' (Video)]

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