Saturn Ring-Plane Crossing
Depicts: Saturn, Tethys, Dione
Copyright: Reta Beebe (New Mexico State University), D. Gilmore, L. Bergeron (STScI), NASA, Amanda S. Bosh (Lowell Observatory), Andrew S. Rivkin (Univ. of Arizona/LPL), the HST High Speed Photometer Instrument Team (R.C. Bless, PI), and NASA
In one of nature's most dramatic examples of "now-you see-them, now-you-don't", the Hubble Space Telescope captured Saturn on May 22, 1995 as the planet's magnificent ring system turned edge-on. This ring-plane crossing occurs approximately every 15 years when the Earth passes through Saturn's ring plane.
Last Update: 1 September 2019