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More Images of Saturn
Chandra X-ray Image of Saturn
Saturn's X-radiation as detected by Chandra is concentrated near the equator. This is different from a similar gaseous giant planet, Jupiter, where the most intense X-rays are associated with the strong magnetic field near its poles.
Scale: Image is 42 arcsec per side; the disk of Saturn is 17.5 arcsec in diameter
(Credit: NASA/U. Hamburg/J.Ness et al.)

HST Optical Image of Saturn
The optical image of Saturn is due to the scattering of visible wavelength light from the Sun. The optical image is much brighter than the x-ray image (above), shows more detail, and shows the beautiful ring structures, which were not detected in X-rays. This is because the Sun emits about a million times more power in visible light than in X-rays, and X-rays scatter less efficiently from a cold surface such as Saturn.
Scale: Image is 42 arcsec per side; the disk of Saturn is 17.5 arcsec in diameter
(Credit: NASA/STScI)

Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar
Scale bar = 10 arcsec
(Credit: NASA/U. Hamburg/J.Ness et al.)

Return to Saturn (08 Mar 04)