Hubble Catches Titan Chasing Its Shadow

Hubble Catches Titan Chasing Its Shadow

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News release ID: STScI-2007-13
Release Date: Mar 20, 2007
Image Use: Copyright
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This movie still shows Titan chasing its shadow across Saturn's disk. The still is from a movie created from images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It reveals the planet's rings tipped nearly edge-on toward the Earth.

This edge-on alignment happens once every 15 years. The last time this alignment occurred was in 1995 and 1996. The images for the movie were taken Aug. 6, 1995 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, in blue, green, and red filters.

This true-color image of Saturn shows the bands of clouds that make up the planet's atmosphere. This banded structure is similar to Jupiter's. A thick haze covers the clouds. The moon Tethys is just beneath Saturn's rings on the left. The "thumbnail" images on the far left are frames from the movie that show the moons transiting the planet.

Annotated Observations, Moons, Planets, Saturn, Solar System


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