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August 2, 1995
Credit: NASA, Voyager Project
Astronomers using NASA's
spacecraft to search for a ring system
around Jupiter discovered these faint rings in 1979.
Unlike Saturn's bright rings
which are composed of chunks of rock and ice,
appear to consist of
fine particles of dust. One possibility is that the dust is produced
by impacts with Jupiter's inner moons. This false colour image has
been computer enhanced.
The gas giant planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are all
known to have rings.
For more information about planetary ring systems see the
Planetary Rings Node.
Tomorrow's picture: A Volcanic Moon
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