Jupiter's Rings - Galileo

Clear filter image of Jupiter's main ring

Jupiter's rings
This dramatic Galileo image taken through the clear filter shows the west ansa of the main ring of Jupiter. Radial structure can be resolved in this image, which shows features as small as 48 km in the ring. Most of the ring is composed of small grains. The sparser, less bright areas in the ring are due to perturbing satellites which orbit within the ring. The main ring has a radius from roughly 122,000 to 129,000 km. The faint ring halo can be seen inside the inner part of the ring. The image is taken looking back towards the Sun, the frame is about 20,000 km across and north is up. (Galileo, P-48188)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1996-11-09
Distance/Range (km): N/A
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Callisto 3

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: rings
Instrument: Solid State Imaging CCD Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 0.46 x 0.46
Filter: clear
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-48188
Other Image ID number: MRPS-77929
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 14 March 2003, DRW.