Discover the cosmos! Each day we feature a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
July 6, 1995
Saturn, Rings, and Two Moons
Picture Credit: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,Voyager Project
Explanation: This image of Saturn was made by NASA's robot spacecraft Voyager 2 as it began to explore the Saturn system in 1981. Saturn's famous rings are visible along with two of its moons, Rhea and Dione which appear as faint dots in the right and lower right part of the picture. Astronomers believe that Saturn's moons play a fundamental role in sculpting it's elaborate ring system.
For more information about the picture see the NASA, JPL press release.