Jupiter - Voyager 1

First Image of a Ring around Jupiter

This long time-exposure image taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft shows the first evidence of a ring around Jupiter. The band in the center of the image is the ring, seen edge on. The bright wiggly lines are background stars. The are not points because of the movement of the spacecraft during the exposure, the waviness is due to natural slow oscillations of Voyager and the length is due to the spacecraft motion during the flyby. Jupiter's ring is extrmely thin, 30 km or less. (Voyager 1, P-21258)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1979-03-04
Distance/Range (km): 1,212,000
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: rings
Instrument: Narrow Angle Vidicon Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .424 x .424
Filter: N/A
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-21258
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams, dave.williams@nasa.gov, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander, jay.s.friedlander@nasa.gov, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck, edwin.j.grayzeck@nasa.gov

Last updated: 24 September 2015