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Ciclops: Shaping the drapes
Prometheus orbits closer to Saturn, and thus faster, than the icy particles that make up the F ring. The moon passes comes closest to the ring at “apoapse”, when it is farthest from Saturn. It is during these apoapse passages that Prometheus has its greatest influence on the fine ring material. With time, the ring material previously affected falls behind so that on the next apoapse passage of Prometheus, a new gore in the inner ring material is made.