Saturn's rings viewed from Earth

As Saturn travels around its orbit, Hubble sees a different view of the tilted rings from a position near Earth. The rings nearly disappear twice during Saturn's approximately 30-year orbit, because we see them edge on and they are extremely thin relative to their diameter.

Credit:

Illustration credit: NASA, ESA and Z. Levay (STScI). Photo credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: M. Wong (STScI/UC Berkeley) and C. Go (Philippines)

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Id:heic0904j
Type:Collage
Release date:17 March 2009, 14:00
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Name:Saturn
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
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