Edge-On View of Saturn's Rings

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This is a Hubble Space Telescope snapshot of Saturn with its rings barely visible. Normally, astronomers see Saturn with its rings tilted. Earth was almost in the plane of Saturn's rings, thus the rings appear edge-on.


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This photograph shows Saturn with its rings slightly tilted. The moon called Dione, on the lower right, is casting a long, thin shadow across the whole ring system due to the setting Sun on the ring plane. The moon on the upper left of Saturn is Tethys.


Erich Karkoschka (University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Lab)and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:24 April 1996, 06:00
Size:2589 x 2057 px

About the Object

Name:Dione, Saturn, Tethys, Titan
Type:Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
Solar System : Planet : Satellite
Category:Solar System

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