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10 incredible images of Saturn

By: Katherine Butler on Sept. 14, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
NASA says these are the highest-resolution color images of any part of Saturn's rings, to date, showing a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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Unraveling the rings

Saturn boasts the most extensive ring system in our solar system, and NASA says this is the highest-resolution color image of any part of Saturn's rings ever made. The natural color image, which is created from two photos, shows a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.

NASA says it remains unclear exactly what "causes the variable brightness of these ringlets and bands — the basic brightness of the ring particles themselves, shadowing on their surfaces, their absolute abundance, and how densely the particles are packed, may all play a role."