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February 15, 2010 04:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-09

Hubble Captures Saturn's Double Light Show

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:

The image was created from Hubble data from proposals 11566 and 11984: J. Nichols et al.

The science team comprises: J. Nichols, S. Badman, and E. Bunce (University of Leicester), J. Clarke (Boston University), S. Cowley (University of Leicester), F. Crary (Southwest Research Institute), M. Dougherty (Imperial College, London), J.-C. Gerard and D. Grodent (University of Liege), K. Hansen (University of Michigan), W. Kurth (University of Iowa), D. Mitchell (JHU/APL), W. Pryor (Central Arizona College), T. Stallard and L. Talboys (University of Leicester), and S. Wannawichian (Boston University).

Instrument: ACS/SBC
Exposure Date(s): January - March 2009
Filters: F115LP (UV) and F125LP (UV)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester)
Release Date: February 15, 2010
Color: This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of bluish hues. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.
Orientation: Saturn Compass and Scale