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August 23, 2007 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-32

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

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Uranus
Object Description: Planet
Distance: The semi-major axis of Uranus's orbit about the sun is 19.18 Astronomical Units (A.U.) or roughly 4.5 billion km.
Dimensions: Uranus (without rings) has a diameter of roughly 32,000 miles (51,000 km) at the equator.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposals 10473: M. Showalter (SETI Institute) and J. Lissauer (NASA Ames Research Center), and 10870, and 11292: M. Showalter (SETI Institute), R. French (Wellesley College), D. Hamilton (University of Maryland), J. Lissauer (NASA Ames Research Center), and P. Nicholson (Cornell University).
Instrument: ACS/HRC, WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): Various dates 2003-2007
ACS Filters: Clear, F330W (U), F475W (g), F606W (V), F814W (I)
WFPC2 Filters: F450W (B), F606W (V), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)
Release Date: August 23, 2007
Orientation/Scale: Hubble Captures Full View of Uranus's Rings on Edge: Unannotated