Images from Cassini give scientists a big picture of Saturn

11/12/2013 | NBC News

A detailed mosaic of Saturn assembled from 141 wide-angle images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the planet surrounded by other heavenly bodies and encircled by its rings. "This mosaic provides a remarkable amount of high-quality data on Saturn's diffuse rings, revealing all sorts of intriguing structures we are currently trying to understand. The E ring in particular shows patterns that likely reflect disturbances from such diverse sources as sunlight and Enceladus' gravity," said Matt Hedman, a University of Idaho scientist participating in the project.

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