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A Change of Seasons on Saturn

Release date: Jun 7, 2001 9:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Looming like a giant flying saucer in our outer solar system, Saturn puts on a show as the planet and its magnificent ring system nod majestically over the course of its 29-year journey around the Sun. These Hubble telescope images, captured from 1996 to 2000, show Saturn's rings open up from just past edge-on to nearly fully open as it moves around the Sun.