Uranus - view through the rings

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Description: This Voyager 2 image reveals a continuous distribution of small particles throughout the Uranus ring system. This unique geometry, the highest phase angle at which Voyager imaged the rings, allows us to see lanes of fine dust particles not visible from other viewing angles. All the previously known rings are visible. However, some of the brightest features in the image are bright dust lanes not previously seen. the combination of this unique geometry and a long, 96 second exposure allowed this spectacular observation, acquired through the clear filter of Voyager 2's wide angle camera. the long exposure produced a noticeable, non-uniform smear, as well as streaks due to trailed stars.

Image Number A86-7041
Date: January 24, 1986


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