In Rogue One, after the words A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... appear on the screen, it immediately cuts to a shot of mostly empty space. I say mostly because there are some weird lines in the top right corner. I can't seem to find a screenshot, so I drew it from memory after seeing the film twice in theaters.

my drawing of those weird lines

What are those lines? We eventually see Krennic's shuttle fly by in the next shot and those lines are gone:

my drawing of the next shot

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    Planetary rings, though I'm not sure if they're the rings of Lah'mu itself or if they belong to another planetary body.
    – Null
    Feb 6, 2017 at 22:25
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    Looks like a barcode.
    – Seeds
    Feb 6, 2017 at 22:41
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    The rings are partly in shadow which is what makes them look wierd; they seem to end abruptly but actually just go into shadow
    – user20310
    Feb 7, 2017 at 9:27
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    Compare with this photo of Saturn's rings i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/… Feb 7, 2017 at 13:26
  • I have to say that I immediately thought of planetary rings when I saw the photo. Feb 8, 2017 at 20:56

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Those were the rings of Lah'mu, the planet on which Galen Erso was hiding.

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Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide

This image from the film gives you a better view. As you can see, the rings themselves are partially shadowed, explaining their abrupt edges.

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    This can be vastly improved by explaining the shadows, per user20310's and DavidTheWin's comments. I suggest including the real image of Saturn. Feb 8, 2017 at 17:58

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