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March 17, 2009 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-12

Quadruple Saturn Moon Transit Snapped by Hubble

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Image: Saturn's Rings Viewed from Earth

Saturn's Rings Viewed from Earth

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As Saturn travels around its orbit, Hubble sees a different view of the tilted rings from a position near Earth. The rings nearly disappear twice during Saturn's approximately 30-year orbit, because we see them edge on and they are extremely thin relative to their diameter.

Object Name: Saturn

Image Type: Illustration

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: M.H. Wong (STScI/UC Berkeley) and C. Go (Philippines)

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