Striking Colors of Saturn’s Rings Seen in Stunning NASA Image
NASA has shared a remarkable close up of Saturn’s rings, created by combining images taken with different filters.
The original images, taken back in 2009 using red, green, and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view, according to a NASA statement.
The pictures were taken 1.27 million miles away from the center of the rings from the Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2009.
NASA shared the photograph on Monday April 23, over half a year after the Cassini’s mission ended in Sept. 2017.
According to NASA, the particles that make up the rings range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to as large as mountains, and are mostly made of water ice.
“The exact nature of the material responsible for bestowing color on the rings remains a matter of intense debate among scientists,” noted the NASA statement.