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March 20, 2007 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-13

Saturn Stars in Three Hubble Movies

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Image: Hubble Catches Titan Chasing Its Shadow

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This movie still shows Titan chasing its shadow across Saturn's disk. The still is from a movie created from images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It reveals the planet's rings tipped nearly edge-on toward the Earth.

This edge-on alignment happens once every 15 years. The last time this alignment occurred was in 1995 and 1996. The images for the movie were taken Aug. 6, 1995 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, in blue, green, and red filters.

This true-color image of Saturn shows the bands of clouds that make up the planet's atmosphere. This banded structure is similar to Jupiter's. A thick haze covers the clouds. The moon Tethys is just beneath Saturn's rings on the left. The "thumbnail" images on the far left are frames from the movie that show the moons transiting the planet.

For additional information, contact:

Donna Weaver/Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
(Phone: 410-338-4493/4514)

Erich Karkoschka
University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
(Phone: 520-621-3994; E-mail: erich@pirl.lpl.arizona.edu)

Object Name: Saturn

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

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