[extropy-chat] re: Raw Saturn ring images ready

Amara Graps amara at amara.com
Fri Jul 2 09:00:03 UTC 2004

Again, regarding this image...

>Mike Lorrey:
>>This image:

>>is extremely curious. The spiralling waves appear to be the
>>dissolution of spokes, [...]
>>or is this an effect of frame dragging

I said:
>I could be wrong since I don't know the sequencing of
>the ring images, but that image looks like a high resolution
>Encke Gap image with the wavy edges gravitationally affected
>by Pan.

>Pan, the moonlet, was discovered in that gap in old Voyager
>data by  Mark Showalter in 1990. See:


Yes, checking..  it is the Encke Gap... I was so calm
and sure about what it could be last night, since the
images are not labelled in the press release,
but now that image has  sunk into my brain.

I must say :

WOW !!  THIS IMAGE IS  ** AMAZING **  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am accustomed to seeing the Encke Gap in images only a few pixels
wide (from Voyager mostly), and now I'm in awe.  I'll bet
Mark Showalter is bouncing off the ceiling with that image.

( and this is only the *beginning* of the orbit tour !)



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