The Spectrally Changing Face of Saturn

This set of images displays Saturn in six different wavelengths. Counterclockwise from top left, the wavelengths are in the ultraviolet, violet, yellow, deep red, and two in the near-infrared.

Even a quick look at the set of six images reveals the changing face of Saturn between different spectral regions. In the ultraviolet, Saturn is much brighter than the rings. The opposite is true at some near-infrared wavelengths. Saturn's bands change dramatically throughout the displayed spectral region.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0323e
Type:Observation
Release date:9 September 2003, 15:00
Size:735 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:Saturn
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
270 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
410 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
590 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
730 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Near-IR
890 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Near-IR
950 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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