Occultation of GSC5249-01240 by Saturn and its Rings

Occultation of GSC5249-01240 by Saturn and its Rings

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News release ID: STScI-1995-25
Release Date: Jun 5, 1995
Image Use: Copyright
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During an occultation of a star by a planet, the planet passes between the star and the observer. The star then becomes a "probe" of the planet, allowing scientists to determine the temperature and composition of the occulting planet's atmosphere and the structure of its ring system.


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Hubble Telescope, Infographics, Planetary Rings, Planets, Saturn, Solar System