Saturn Ring-Plane Crossing

This picture was taken shortly before the ring plane crossing. The rings do not disappear completely because the edge of the rings reflects sunlight. The dark band across the middle of Saturn is the shadow of the rings cast on the planet (the Sun is almost 3 degrees above the ring plane).

Credit:

Amanda S. Bosh (Lowell Observatory), Andrew S. Rivkin (Univ. of Arizona/LPL), the HST High Speed Photometer Instrument Team (R.C. Bless, PI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9525a2
Type:Observation
Release date:5 June 1995, 06:00
Size:426 x 221 px

About the Object

Name:Dione, Saturn, Tethys
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Satellite
• Solar System : Planet : Ring
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Methane
892 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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