Jupiter's Rings - Galileo
Jupiter's gossamer ring
This Galileo image shows Jupiter's gossamer ring, the faint outer ring of Jupiter
which stretches from the edge of the main ring at about 129,000 km radius to
about 225,000 km, roughly 3 jovian radii. The gossamer ring is the faint line
running across the center of the frame, the bright distinct feature to the right
is the main ring. The image was taken looking back towards the Sun while Galileo
was in Jupiter's shadow, and has been overexposed in order to image the ethereal
gossamer ring, which is made up of particles one micrometer or smaller in size.
The left side of the image is at about 2.2 jovian radii, the gossamer ring extends
for another 60,000 to 70,000 km beyond this. The frame is roughly 30,000 km across
and north is up.
Larger image: 40 K jpg
High resolution tif file (0.3 Mb)
Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1996-11-09
Distance/Range (km): 2,300,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
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
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-48944
Other Image ID number: MRPS-81148
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A
Updated 14 March 2003, DRW.