Jupiter's Rings - Galileo

Jupiter's gossamer ring

Jupiter's rings
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. (Galileo, P-48944)
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
Orbit(s): Flyby

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-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
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Updated 14 March 2003, DRW.