Saturn Ring-Plane Crossing

This sequence of images from the Hubble Space Telescope documents a rare astronomical alignment -- Saturn's magnificent ring system turned edge-on. This occurs when the Earth passes through Saturn's ring plane, as it does approximately every 15 years.

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
NASA caption
Id:opo9525b
Type:Collage
Release date:5 June 1995, 06:00
Size:416 x 541 px

About the Object

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

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Colours & filters

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Infrared
Methane
892 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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