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Going, Going, Gone: Hubble Captures Uranus's Rings on Edge

Release date: Aug 23, 2007 2:00 PM (EDT)
Going, Going, Gone: Hubble Captures Uranus's Rings on Edge

This series of images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows how the ring system around the distant planet Uranus appears at ever more oblique (shallower) tilts as viewed from Earth - culminating in the rings being seen edge-on in three observing opportunities in 2007. The best of these events appears in the far right image taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on August 14, 2007.