Jupiter's Rings - Galileo

Full view of Jupiter and the main ring

Jupiter's rings
This image of Jupiter's rings is a mosaic created from a set of images taken by Galileo as it flew by at a distance of 2.3 million km. Galileo was in Jupiter's shadow looking back towards the Sun. The rings and limbs of the planet are illuminated by scattered sunlight. Only the main ring, with a radius of roughly 122,000 to 129,000 km, can be seen in this image. A fainter halo exists inside the ring and a gossamer ring outside. The amount of scattering indicates the main ring is composed of tiny particles, only a micron or less in size. These images were taken throught the clear (610 nm) filter. North is up. (Galileo, P-50085)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1996-11-09
Distance/Range (km): 2,300,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Callisto 3

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: rings, global view
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-50085
Other Image ID number: MRPS-91804
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 14 March 2003, DRW.