Saturn's Rings Viewed from Earth

Saturn's Rings Viewed from Earth

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News release ID: STScI-2009-12
Release Date: Mar 17, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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As Saturn travels around its orbit, Hubble sees a different view of the tilted rings from a position near Earth. The rings nearly disappear twice during Saturn's approximately 30-year orbit, because we see them edge on and they are extremely thin relative to their diameter.

Hubble Heritage, Infographics, Planets, Saturn, Solar System


Illustration: NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI);
Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA);
Acknowledgment: M.H. Wong (STScI/UC Berkeley) and C. Go (Philippines)