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Color image of saturn ring by NASA/JLP/UofCol

This beautiful NASA picture of the Saturn rings – actually the outer portion of the C ring and the inner portion of the B ring – is mind-blowing. The general pattern is from “dirty” particles indicated by red to cleaner ice particles shown in turquoise in the outer parts of the rings.

This image was taken by its Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph instrument, which is capable of resolving the rings to show features up to 97 kilometers (60 miles) across, roughly 100 times the resolution of ultraviolet data obtained by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

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