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November 2, 1994 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-50

Hubble Observes the Moons and Rings of the Planet Uranus

November 2, 1994: This Hubble telescope snapshot of the planet Uranus reveals the planet's rings, at least five of the inner moons, and bright clouds in the Southern Hemisphere. Hubble allows astronomers to revisit the planet at a level of detail not possible since the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by the planet briefly, nearly a decade ago.

This picture is a combination of images showing the motion of the inner moons. Each inner moon appears as a string of three dots. Thanks to Hubble's capabilities, astronomers will be able to precisely determine the moons' orbits.

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Credit: Kenneth Seidelmann, U.S. Naval Observatory, and NASA