The Slant on Saturn's Rings

This is a series of images of Saturn, as seen at many different wavelengths, when the planet's rings were at a maximum tilt of 27 degrees toward Earth. Saturn experiences seasonal tilts away from and toward the Sun, much the same way Earth does. This happens over the course of its 29.5-year orbit. This means that approximately every 30 years, Earth observers can catch their best glimpse of Saturn's South Pole and the southern side of the planet's rings. Between March and April 2003, researchers took full advantage to study the gas giant at maximum tilt. They used NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to capture detailed images of Saturn's Southern Hemisphere and the southern face of its rings.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0323a
Type:Collage
Release date:9 September 2003, 15:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Saturn
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Solar System : Planet : Ring
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270 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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410 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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730 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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890 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Near-IR
950 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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