Edge-On View of Saturn's Rings

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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9616b
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 1996, 06:00
Size:1250 x 500 px

About the Object

Name:Enceladus, Janus, Mimas, Pandora, Prometheus, Saturn, Tethys, Titan
Type:• Solar System : Planet
• Solar System : Planet : Satellite
• Solar System : Planet : Ring
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

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