19 November 2006

Jupiter's ring

Yes, you read that right, our Solar System’s biggest planet has a ring around it.

It’s described as “a gossamar ring” by NASA, who explain that it’s made of fine particles, “smaller than the thickness of tissue paper”.

I suppose that it’s fitting that this amazing universe of ours should have a very fine ring around such a heavy planet; it kind of fits the general sense of humour. (-:

The ring was first detected by Voyager in 1979, but the astronomers concerned were’t absolutely certain about what they’d found. This later image was taken by Galileo in 1996, in other words a mere decade ago rather than 28 years...

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