Monday, February 9, 2009

Saturn ring gaps named

It used to just have a few names like "Cassini Division" or "Encke gap". But the USGS has officially given more names to gaps in Saturn's rings. Bond, Dawes, Herschel, Russell, Jeffreys, Kuiper, Laplace, Bessel, and Barnard are now names for gaps between the rings in Cassini division and the C-Ring. I didn't know the USGS tracked that stuff, but they do more than just earthquakes here on Earth.
....and we once thought the Cassini Division was a big gap that a spacecraft could fly through.

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