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Edge-On View of Saturn's Rings

Edge-On View of Saturn's Rings

Depicts: Saturn, Titan, Dione, Tethys
Copyright: Erich Karkoschka (University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Lab)and NASA

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This is a Hubble Space Telescope snapshot of Saturn with its rings barely visible. Normally, astronomers see Saturn with its rings tilted. Earth was almost in the plane of Saturn's rings, thus the rings appear edge-on.

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This photograph shows Saturn with its rings slightly tilted. The moon called Dione, on the lower right, is casting a long, thin shadow across the whole ring system due to the setting Sun on the ring plane. The moon on the upper left of Saturn is Tethys.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
29-Sep-2023 06:53 UT

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