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Saturn's Rings

Thousands of individual rings make up Saturn’s ring system. Some rings are made of small bits of frozen water, others contain tiny grains of dust, and still others are a mixture of the two. In all, the rings are only a few hundred feet thick.


Saturn's Moons February 19, 2016

Saturn's rings

Saturn February 10, 2016

Radio Programs

Saturn at Opposition III Spinning around a giant planet July 21, 2020

Saturn at Opposition The solar system’s runner-up July 19, 2020

Saturn II Getting to know Saturn’s rings July 8, 2019

Moon and Saturn Coating the moons of Saturn June 18, 2019

Moon and Planets Washing away Saturn’s rings March 1, 2019

Moon and Saturn Young rings for an old planet September 16, 2018

Moon and Saturn A remarkably familiar world May 30, 2018

Moon and Saturn Brightening up the night sky April 6, 2018

Moon and Saturn Levitating above Saturn’s rings November 20, 2017

Exploring Saturn Getting to know a giant planet September 13, 2017

Saturn at Opposition A runner-up to no planet June 12, 2017

Through the Gap A spacecraft begins its final act April 21, 2017

Moon and Saturn A new idea about the rings of Saturn January 23, 2017

Moon and Saturn Beautiful rings of ice and rock October 5, 2016

Saturn Opposition III Figuring out the age of Saturn’s rings June 3, 2016

Moon and Saturn Scoping out a giant ring February 2, 2016

Featured Images

2019 Hubble Space Telescope view of Saturn and its rings

Bright Rings July 19, 2020

Hubble Space Telescope view of Saturn, June 2019

Ringed Splendor September 14, 2019

artist's concept of Cassini passing inside Saturn's rings

Inside Job March 1, 2019

bright spokes in Saturn's rings

Bright Spokes November 20, 2017

Cassini flies between Saturn and its rings

Final Act September 13, 2017

Cassini view of Earth, Moon, and Saturn's rings

Looking Back April 24, 2017

Artist's concept of Cassini crossing inside Saturn's rings

Through the Gap April 21, 2017

Saturn's glorious rings

Just Plain Rings October 3, 2016

August 17, 2015, view of Saturn's moon Dione in front of the giant planet

Last Visit August 18, 2015

Cassini view of Saturn's family of gings

Family Portrait April 7, 2015

Possible image of a moon being born in Saturn's rings

New Moon Rising? September 27, 2014

View of Saturn's rings from Cassini

Clearing the Gaps August 31, 2014

Cassini view of Saturn, October 2012

Saturn Looms Large October 18, 2012

A Cassini view of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan

Planetary Duet June 21, 2012

Saturn's moon Titan floats in front of the giant planet

Moon on a String May 11, 2012

Two views of Saturn's outermost ring

Wiggly Ring April 26, 2012

Saturn and its rings as seen by Cassini

Subtle Color April 15, 2012

Saturn's moons Titan and Dione above Saturn, with Saturn's rings

Saturnian Traffic Jam December 26, 2011

Cassini view of Saturn's moon Enceladus in front of the planet's rings

Saturnian Encounter October 25, 2011

Antares, brightest star of Scorpius, shines through the rings of Saturn

Peeking Giant January 28, 2011

Enceladus passes in front of Saturn's rings

Saturnian Iceball December 8, 2010

Golden Beacon March 21, 2010