26 April 1996
Vol 272, Issue 5261

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The dark side of Saturn's rings, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope on 21 November 1995. The main rings are illuminated by reflected saturnshine and by sunlight diffusely transmitted through the translucent C ring and Cassini division. The outermost bright feature is the narrow, multistranded F ring, seen here from Earth for the first time. Just inside the F ring, the Encke gap and the outer edge of the A ring are seen as a pair of faint bands. See 509 and the related Reports (516 and 518) and Perspective (507). [Image: P. D. Nicholson et al. ]