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An intriguing knotted ringlet within the Encke Gap is the main attraction in this Cassini image. The Encke Gap is a small division near the outer edge of Saturn's rings that is about 300 kilometers (190 miles) wide. The tiny moon Pan (20 kilometers, 12 miles across) orbits within the gap and maintains it. Many waves produced by orbiting moons are visible.
The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on October 29, 2004, from a distance of about 807,000 kilometers (501,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) per pixel.
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