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September 9, 2003 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-23

The Slant on Saturn's Rings

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Saturn
Object Description: Planet
Distance: The semi-major axis of Saturn's orbit about the sun is 9.5 Astronomical Units (A.U.) or roughly 1.4 billion km.
Dimensions: The planet (without rings) has a diameter of roughly 75,000 miles (120,000 km) at the equator.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from proposal 9354: E. Karkoschka and M. Tomasko (University of Arizona)
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): March/April 2003
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)
Release Date: September 9, 2003
Exposure Date: March 7,2003
Filters: The wavelengths for the set of six images are 0.27, 0.41, 0.59, 0.73, 0.89, and 0.95 micrometers. The wavelength ranges for the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared false-color images are 0.27-0.47, 0.47-0.65, and 0.65-0.95 micrometers, respectively.